Support for Efforts to Determine Needs and Priorities of Tribal Nations of the Great Plains for the 111th United States Congress and Administration
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents or their duly appointed representatives of the sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations recognized by Treaties with the United States that are within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association was formed to promote the common interests of the Great Plains sovereign Indian Tribes and their members in the states of ND, SD and Nebr.; and
WHEREAS, Tribal Nations within the United States have entered into solemn and sacred treaties with the United States in which their sovereign status is recognized, as provided in the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS, Under those treaties, and subsequent laws as passed by the United States Congress, the United States of America has a fundamental trust obligation to the Tribal Nations of the United States to assist them as they rebuild their Nations, and the U.S. and has generally failed to meet that obligation in a wide variety of areas, including health care, housing, law enforcement, education, child welfare, social services, protection of resources and transportation, among others; and
WHEREAS, A new administration will be in place in the United States as of 2009, following the U.S. Presidential elections, and because it will be new administration, Tribal Nations have a unique opportunity to present their legislative priorities to the new administration instead of being told what their needs are; and
WHEREAS, The effort to set the agenda for the new administration regarding the needs of Tribal Nations must be set in motion before the new administration takes office in early 2009; and
WHEREAS, If Tribal Nations can develop their priorities for funding and legislative needs prior to the 111th Congress that will begin its work in February, 2009, it will assist those in Congress who are advocates for Tribal Nations to be able to advance these priorities more effectively; including Senators Byron Dorgan (Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs), Kent Conrad (of North Dakota), and Senators John Thune and Tim Johnson (of South Dakota), and Representative Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association hereby urges its member Tribal Nations to work collectively to prepare a set of funding and legislative priorities to present to the new administration and the 111th Congress in early 2009; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association hereby urges its member Tribal Nations to work with the Tribal Budget Advisory Committee which meets periodically to advise the administration on budget issues and tribal priorities, through regional representation.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution shall be the policy of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association until otherwise amended or rescinded.
Resolution No. 64-09-05-08
This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Bismarck, North Dakota on September 5, 2008 at which a quorum was present, with 9 members voting in favor, 0 members opposed, 0 members not abstaining, and 7 members not present.
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