Home Campaigns Uranium Resolution of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association (GPTCA)

Resolution of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association (GPTCA)

Resolution No.  03-07-09-07

 

RESOLUTION OF THE
GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION (GPTCA)

Re:  Protection of our Reservation Homelands and Natural Resources
The purpose of this Resolution is to ensure that no damage will come to our Reservation Homelands, the people, the culture, and the environment including the air and water, and economy of the Tribes of the Great Plains because of uranium mining or other contaminants or processing in the region of the Upper Midwestern United States.

WHEREAS,    the Great Plains (formerly Aberdeen Area) Tribal Chairman’s Association(GPTCA) is composed of the elected Chairs and Presidents 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 sovereign Tribes and Nations and their members of the Great Plains Region; and

WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself both through Treaties entered into with the sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region and through its own federal statutes, the Snyder Act of 1921 as amended, the Indian Self-Determination Act of 1976 as amended, and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976 as amended; and

WHEREAS,  The sovereign Tribes and Nation of the GPTCA traditionally has placed the highest regard on the wise and sustainable use of the natural resources and remains a matter of paramount governmental interest to the Tribal Nations as a fundamental exercise of Tribal sovereignty, and

WHEREAS, The GPTCA supports preserving and protecting all of the natural resources on our Reservation Homelands especially the air, water andearth as these resources are the foundation of life, and
 
WHEREAS,  The GPTCA affirms that it is the duty and responsibility of the Tribes toprotect and preserve the natural world in its purest form for the life of future generations, and
 
WHEREAS, The GPTCA upholds the right and freedom of the people to be respected,honored and protected with a healthy physical and mental environment,  and,

WHEREAS,  The GPTCA finds that there is a reasonable expectation that futuremining and processing of uranium in the region of the Upper MidwesternUnited States will generate economic hardships for the Tribes and their People, including but not limited to the potential damage to the land,air, water, vegetation, and other natural resources, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the GPTCA declares the Indian Reservation Homelands should be safe and free from mining, processing uranium and other harmful effects from contaminates, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the GPTCA declares the ReservationHomelands to be nuclear-free areas for the protection of the people and the Natural Resources of the Tribe, and
 
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the GPTCA affirms that any erson, agency or entity including federal, state, and county governments, or corporations, businesses or companies who shall
cause any nuclear pollution, or contamination to enter the confines of the Indian Reservation Homelands should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and
 
NOW, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Associationcalls upon all other Tribes and Indian Nations to join with us toprotect our Reservation Homelands, to ensure that no damage will come to the people, the culture, the environment including the air and water and economy of the Tribes of the Great Plains because of uranium mining or other processing of contaminants in the region of the Great Plains Region.


CERTIFICATION

This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Ft. Pierre, SD on July 9, 2007 at which a quorum was present, with 11 members voting in favor, 0 members opposed, 0 members not abstaining, and 5 members not present.

Dated this _________

__________________________________________
Secretary, Mitchell Parker, Chairman, Omaha Tribe
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association


Attest:


________________________________________
Chairman, Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Chairman, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association
 

Great Plians Tribal Chairman's Association

 

Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

 

 

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests