Category: Board of Directors at the last United Tribes

Three separate resolutions were passed by the Board of Directors at the last United Tribes meeting

Resolution #06-10-30-08 Expansion of coal powered generation plants

Resolution #07-10-30-08 Difficult Developement Areas

Resolution #05-10-30-08 2009 Meeting Schedule

Indian Health Service Funding Stoppages for Tribal Co-pay Policies

July 2, 2008

Indian Health Service (IHS) officials are strongly considering a shift in policy that would result in the stoppage of IHS funding for health care at IHS-funded facilities. Any IHS-funded facility that charges eligible beneficiaries (i.e., a co-payment) for portions of health service or pharmaceuticals may be subject to a complete halt in funding.

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Great Lakes Water Compact:

June 4th, 2008

The Great Lakes Water Compact, originally proposed by the Council of Great Lakes Governments, was approved by the Michigan and Wisconsin State Legislatures last week. The Compact includes conservation measures and water use restrictions, designed to protect the Lakes against “diversion and over use.” Other states that have approved the Compact are Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York. The Canadian Provinces bordering the Great Lakes (Ontario and Quebec) have already approved similar and compatible measures.

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2008
Michigan Native Vote Kick-Off

In 2004 Native Vote was spearheaded by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). This was a groundbreaking non-partisan campaign to register and turn out a record number of American Indian and Alaskan Native voters. The culmination of the Native Vote efforts in 2004 and 2006 was a resounding success for tribal governments nationwide. It empowered Native voters and raised the profile of Native issues in the eyes of politicians. It was a historic moment for all of Indian Country. Native voters proved that we can make our voices heard with the power of the vote. Click here for the entire article

An article of interest

Anatomy of a Mine: UP wilderness on trial
Written by Lawrence Consentino -“Wednesday, 21 May 2008 On the morning of April 28, a roomful of lawyers in the basement of Lansing’s vast Constitution Hall blinked at slides of a snow-covered cabin next to a woodland stream and beaver pond.” Click here to read the entire article as published by lansingcitypulse.com

Former United Tribes of Michigan Executive Director Matt Wesaw and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm talking at a United Tribes of Michigan meeting in Lansing in 2006

United Tribes issues statement regarding Tuition Waiver and Proposal Two

Click here to read the full statement

Great Lakes Water Compact:

June 4th, 2008
Update, by Meghan Kelly Powell, Federal Liaison, Ogitchiida Qwe, Inc.

The Great Lakes Water Compact, originally proposed by the Council of Great Lakes Governments, was approved by the Michigan and Wisconsin State Legislatures last week. The Compact includes conservation measures and water use restrictions, designed to protect the Lakes against “diversion and over use.” Other states that have approved the Compact are Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and New York. The Canadian Provinces bordering the Great Lakes (Ontario and Quebec) have already approved similar and compatible measures.

For the measure to have the force of law, the Compact will need the approval of two additional states (Ohio and Pennsylvania), and then the approval of the U.S. legislature. Despite expected clashes regarding a private property rights amendment, the Ohio State Senate President is hopeful that the Compact will pass before the June recess. As for Pennsylvania, the State House approved the Compact in January, and the State Senate Environment Committee will vote on the issue in June.

Federal approval of the Great Lakes Water Compact is likely if it reaches the U.S. House of Representatives prior to 2010. Currently, Representatives from the Great Lakes states have the necessary numbers to pass the Compact if it comes before them. However, they may not be able to maintain this power if the Great Lakes states experience the loss of any additional seats in the House of Representatives (The 2000 Census reported dwindling population levels in Great Lakes states, resulting in the loss of nine seats within the House. It is expected that the 2010 Census will reflect further population losses within the Great Lakes states, resulting in the loss of additional seats. Sunbelt States, traditionally water-poor, are likely to gain seats).

Why is this important to the Tribes?

The Compact bans water diversions outside the Great Lakes basin (i.e. the “Soup Bowl and Soup Bowl rim”) with very limited exceptions. Without the federal approval of the Compact, Great Lakes states may be required to divert water resources to states with very little water resources (such as states within the southwest United States). The impact upon fishing, farming, shipping, tourism, the environment, and Tribal culture would likely be significant.

Tribes must remain vigilant on the issues surrounding the Great Lakes Water Compact. It will be important for the Compact to get through the House and Senate quickly. Tribes need to maintain a good foundation for its passage on the federal level. If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Meghan Kelly Powell at federalliaison@yahoo.com or by phone at (757) 777-8838. Meghan is a member of the Sault Saint Marie Tribe.