WHEREAS, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is an Alaska Native tribal health and social services consortium established by the Interior Alaska tribes and tribal communities, to provide a unified voice in advancing sovereign tribal governments through the promotion of physical and mental wellness, education, socioeconomic development and culture of the Interior Alaska Native; and
WHEREAS, Alaska Native tribal communities live in their ancestral lands and depend on wild food resources on public lands to sustain those communities; and
WHEREAS, The BLM prepares resource management plans to guide management of large tracts of public lands including over 26.5 million acres that affect the way-of-life of many Alaska Native villages; and
WHEREAS, Numerous Alaska Native tribes and communities are prominent stakeholders for the Bering Sea Western Interior and Central Yukon Resource Management Planning decisions; and
WHEREAS, The resources management planning process has not adequately incorporated views and input by impacted communities in the proposed preferred alternatives; and
WHEREAS, Federally recognized Tribes impacted by the BLM resource management planning process formed a coalition to focus their participation in the BLM planning process, named the Bering Sea Western Interior Tribal Commission; and
WHEREAS, The Tribal Commission is committed to inform the plan’s decisionmakers about Tribal concerns through completion of the planning process; and
WHEREAS, The Tribal Commission intends to be a long-term entity that will strengthen Tribal voices throughout the 20-30 year duration of the plans, remaining involved in land use issues affecting Tribes in the Bering Sea-Western Interior and Central Yukon planning areas.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that subject to the availability of funds, the Tanana Chiefs Conference recognizes and supports the Bering SeaWestern Interior Tribal Commission as a key a tribal organization for consultation in the resource management planning process, and that TCC support member tribes of the commission to seek funding and other administrative support to strengthen Tribal involvement in the SLM planning and decision-making process; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the TCC Full Board of Directors requests leaders and staff to provide support for meetings of the Bering Sea-Western Interior Tribal Commission; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the TCC Full Board of Directors hereby directs staff to work with the tribal leadership to seek funds to implement Tribal Commission meetings and goals
Submitted by: Yukon Koyukuk Subregion
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