2008 Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 - Introduced

State of South Dakota  
EIGHTY-THIRD SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2008  

822P0087   SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION   NO.   2  

Introduced by:     Senators Two Bulls, Bartling, Dempster, Garnos, and Katus and Representatives Juhnke, Bradford, DeVries, Van Norman, and Weems at the request of the Committee on State-Tribal Relations
 

         A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION,  Urging Congress to provide additional funding for tribal historic preservation offices.
     WHEREAS,  tribal historic preservation offices were established through federal legislation in 1996 and funded through the United States National Park Service; and
     WHEREAS,  tribal historic preservation offices were created primarily to allow tribes to take the role as cultural resource managers of their own tribal cultural properties. Through their historic preservation offices, tribes are able to negotiate with federal agencies in protecting and preserving their cultural resources; and
     WHEREAS,  tribal historic preservation offices deal with federal agencies on a government-to-government basis and extend into many states. If cultural sites are found, the office is notified. Tribal offices are involved in findings that result from federal projects or undertakings, and tribal historic preservation offices have an interest in cultural landscapes and sites wherever Native American people have had historic and cultural ties; and
     WHEREAS,  one issue that frequently involves tribal historic preservation offices is the

disposition and repatriation of human remains and cultural artifacts associated with the tribe; and

     WHEREAS,  both state and tribal historic preservation offices could benefit from closer coordination and communication; and
     WHEREAS,  tribal historic preservation offices have not received adequate federal funding. In addition, there have been disparities in funding for state and tribal historic preservation offices, as tribal offices assumed some of the workload for state offices, but have not received sufficient levels of federal funding:
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,  by the Senate of the Eighty-Third Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature recognizes and appreciates the role of tribal historic preservation offices in South Dakota and in other states and urges the federal government to provide adequate funding for them. The Legislature supports federal funding of tribal historic preservation offices at the same level as state historic preservation offices, as tribal historic preservation offices have been charged with the same obligations and responsibilities under the law as state historic preservation offices.

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