Saturday, March 10, 2007

Salt River: Indigenous Peoples Day resolution

SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA
INDIAN COMMUNITY
10,005 E Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256


A RESOLUTION TO PROCLAIM MARCH 12, 2007 AS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND TO AFFIRM THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ADOPTED BY THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL.

WHEREAS, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council (the “Council”) has the authority pursuant to Article VII of the Constitution of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC or “Community”) to exercise any power vested in the Community within the bounds of the Community Constitution and applicable federal law; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations has proclaimed the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples for the period of 2005 - 2015 by General Assembly Resolution on December 22, 2004; and

WHEREAS, the City of Phoenix and the Arizona House of Representatives have expressed recognition and support for Indigenous Peoples by passing similar resolutions declaring March 12, 2007 as Indigenous Peoples Day; and

WHEREAS, the SRPMIC has a considerable number of enrolled tribal members who currently reside within the City of Phoenix, as well as other cities located in the Phoenix metropolitan area; and

WHEREAS, the SRPMIC recognizes our relationship and solidarity with the Pima and Maricopa people of our Community, our three sister tribes which include the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community and Tohono O’Odham Nation, our Pima relations located at the U.S.-Mexico border, the tribes of Arizona, other Indigenous Peoples of the North and South America, and all Indigenous Peoples throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, the SRPMIC supports a regional approach to community development that integrates respect for the principles of COMMUNITY ECOLOGY in terms of urban systems, territories, and Sacred Sites of the Indigenous Peoples.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the SRPMIC Council proclaims today, March 12th, 2007 as INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SRPMIC affirms throughout our tribal lands the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on June 21, 2006, as an expression of the minimum standards of recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SRPMIC appreciates the City of Phoenix and the Arizona House of Representatives’ recognition and support for Indigenous Peoples.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the President or the Vice-President is hereby authorized and directed to take all reasonably necessary steps to and in aid of carrying out the purpose and intent of this Resolution.

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