New North Dakota Wants Congress to Modify Indian Reservation System: Turn Over Power to States

North Dakota State Capitol

Published January 28, 2017

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Even though the state of North Dakota has proven to the world—during the Standing Rock opposition—that it cannot properly treat American Indians with respect and dignity, two North Dakota lawmakers want Congress to grant states the power to take care of Indian reservations.

Two North Dakota state representatives think they “know best” for the care of American Indians. The two Republican representatives believe their political party’s mantra to give power to states with less federal government intervention.

Part of the bill reads:

“A concurrent resolution urging Congress to modify the Indian reservation system by vesting the states with the ability to engage in relations with Native American tribes and with the responsibility of developing plans to improve the failed Indian reservation system…”

The bill known as House Concurrent Resolution 3017 was introduced in the North Dakota state legislature on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The bill was referred to the North Dakota’s House of Representatives Government and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Seen by some American Indians as a prelude to termination and a threat to tribal sovereignty, if approved states would have control of American Indian tribes and their tribal lands.

The resolution reads as follows:

Sixty-fifth Legislative Assembly of North Dakota of North Dakota 

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 3017

Introduced by Representatives Kempenich, Steiner

A concurrent resolution urging Congress to modify the Indian reservation system by vesting the states with the ability to engage in relations with Native American tribes and with the responsibility of developing plans to improve the failed Indian reservation system, advance and elevate the quality of life on Indian reservations, promote and increase literacy on Indian reservations, and help Indian reservations to achieve economic stability and independence.

WHEREAS, Section 8 of Article I of the United States Constitution vests Congress with the authority to engage in relations with Native American tribes, thereby firmly placing tribes within the constitutional fabric of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the term “Indian reservation” refers to the ancestral territory given over to a
Native American nation and there are approximately 565 federally recognized tribes and 326 Indian reservations in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the 1851 Indian Appropriations Act, which created the reservation system,
forced Native Americans to move to and live on reservations; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Indian reservation system, for the most part, was to remove land from the Native Americans and segregate Native Americans from American settlers; and

WHEREAS, in 1934 Congress passed the Indian Reorganization Act to restore to Native Americans management of their assets, to build a sound economic foundation for the people of the reservations, and to return to the Native Americans local self-government on a tribal basis;
and

WHEREAS, the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 launched a new era of Indian self-determination and generally aimed at facilitating tribal sovereignty or self-rule; and

WHEREAS, under the management of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian
reservations continue to be among the poorest communities in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Native American communities suffer from high rates of poverty, unemployment, youth suicide, and many Native Americans receive inadequate health care and live in overcrowded and poor-quality homes; and

WHEREAS, the current Indian reservation system has become flawed and obsolete;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF
NORTH DAKOTA, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN:

That the Sixty-fifth Legislative Assembly urges Congress to modify the Indian reservation system by vesting the states with the ability to engage in relations with Native American tribes and with the responsibility of developing plans to improve the failed Indian reservation system, advance and elevate the quality of life on Indian reservations, promote and increase literacy on Indian reservations, and help Indian reservations to achieve economic stability and independence; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State forward copies of this resolution to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior, and to each member of the North Dakota Congressional Delegation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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