A RESOLUTION OF THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION OFFICIALLY SUPPORTING THE OCET SAKOWIN EDUCATION COMMISSION CALLS UPON THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS, THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS, AND THE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS TO POSE QUESTIONS FOR HEARING RECORD TO ADMINISTRATION WITNESSES REGARDING THE FY 2016 BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE BUREAU OF INDIAN EDUCATION
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (hereafter GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents of the federally recognized sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association is formed to promote the common interest of the Sovereign Tribes and Nations who are members of the GPTCA; and
WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself to ensure the well-being of sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region both through Treaties and federal statutes, including the Snyder Act of 1921 ad amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 as amended, and
WHEREAS, the GPTCA recognizes its responsibility to act to advance the goals of the Tribes and their members and to promote improvements to the health, safety welfare, education, economic development and preservation of the spiritual, cultural, and natural resources of its member Tribes and Nations; and
WHEREAS, The Obama Administration will submit its FY 20916 budget request to the Congress in February 2015 and the Congressional Appropriations Committees and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold hearings on the budget; and
WHEREAS, The Indian Affairs FY 2014 Operating Plan and the FY 2015 budget request contradict the stated goals in the Indian Education Blueprint; and
WHEREAS, Tribes and schools need to submit questions for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees to pose to Administration officials regarding the relationships between the Indian Education Blueprint and the Indian Affairs FY 2016 budget request; and
WHEREAS, the questions should specifically address the budget request for: 1) the Indian School Equalization Program; 2) Teacher Pay costs; 3) administrative Cost Grants; 4) the use of the Education Program Enhancement Program funds; 5) Education Facilities Operations; 6) Education Facilities Maintenance; 7) Education Program Management and the BIE reorganization; 8) Education program Construction and 9) Education Employee Housing; NOW
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Ocet Sakowin Education Commission calls upon the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations, and the Senate Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations to pose questions for hearing record to Administration witnesses regarding the FY 2016 budget request for the Bureau of Indian Education; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, The GPTCA adopts this Resolution for submission.
Resolution No. 8-12-19-14
This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on December 19, 2014 at which a quorum was present, with 9 members voting in favor, 0 members not abstaining, and 7 members not present.
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