Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairmain Harold Frazier says tribes could operate services that affect the tribe better than state governments.
In a press release, Chairman Frazier stated that when it comes to services provided to the tribe by the state, tribes can contract with the federal government to provide those services directly under 638 contracting.
638 contracting refers to the 1975 Indian Self Determination Act, Pub. L. 93-638, which gave Indian Tribes the authority to contract withFederal government to operate programs serving their tribal members and other eligible persons.
Frazier will propose a resolution to the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) when they meet on January 31, 2017.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is made up of the 16 Tribal Chairmen, Presidents and Chairpersons in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The Tribal Leaders of the Sovereign Indian Nations meet quarterly to take action on various matters affecting the Tribes. The primary purpose of the GPTCA is to unify to defend the Tribes inherent rights under our Treaties, to come together in a forum to promote the welfare of the People, take up matters affecting the Tribes, and to protect the Sovereignty of each Tribe.
In the release, Frazier states “It’s obvious the states are not in a position to move forward. In a time when the states are running deficits in their own budget they are more concerned with proposing legislation throwing Tribal relations back 100 years.”
Chairman Frazier added “Laws submitted by States allowing motorists to murder pedestrians for being on the street is madness. What kind of a world have they created where a car is more important than a person’s life? The States have not been effective protectors of this planet or the lives of its citizens. We can do better.”