Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Resolution C.E.T.A. (Work Program Support)
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DOCUMENT: ATNI8118.TXT


                A F F I L I A T E D   T R I B E S   O F
                   N O R T H W E S T   I N D I A N S
     
                           RESOLUTION 81-18 
     
                               C.E.T.A.  

     WHEREAS: self sufficiency efforts of the member tribes of 
     the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians are being 
     initiated in many enterprise areas, many of which have not 
     advanced to the point of being self-sustaining, requiring 
     C.E.T.A., or other work program support to supplement 
     minimal program income during their initial establishment 
     periods; and  
     
     WHEREAS: many member tribes clerical, secretarial, office, 
     and field staff are manned by C.E.T.A. personnel, who along 
     with other work project employees and summer youth programs 
     account for 30 to 70% of the employment within the  
     respective Indian communities; and  
     
     WHEREAS: the loss of Indian work program support would cause 
     the developing self-sufficiency enterprises of many tribes 
     to cease operation, and, more detrimentally, would eliminate 
     many office staff who enable communication with  political 
     and funding agencies who have the capacity to enable tribes 
     to survive during periods of drastic program loss or 
     modification; and  
     
     WHEREAS: member tribes are currently operating training 
     programs aimed at training the large percentage of Indian 
     people needing job skills in order to obtain employment and 
     the loss of these programs would have a drastic effect on  
     individual Indians who are or would be served under such 
     programs; and  
     
     WHEREAS: this disastrous impact on a multitude of Affiliated 
     Tribes of Northwest Indians member tribes efforts toward 
     self determination and tribal sovereignty would plunge many 
     of these people back onto reservation poverty and dependence 
     on any and all forms of public assistance with the 
     accompanying loss or destruction of much that has been built 
     up through tribal effort and significant federal investment 
     of funds on every reservation in the Pacific northwest.  
     
     NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the Affiliated Tribes of 
     Northwest Indians hereby petition the Bureau of Indian 
     Affairs and all succeeding levels of the Department of 
     Interior to join as an advocate for the tribes with 
     inadequate tribal government capacities by utilizing all 
     influence at the disposal of the Department to prevent the 
     proposed abolition of C.E.T.A. and other employment and 
     training programs that are crucial to our member tribes 
     capacities to operate economic development and natural 
     resource programs; and  
     
     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the Affiliated Tribes of 
     Northwest Indians petition all their Congressional 
     representatives and members of the appropriations Committee 
     to vote against the disruption or abolition of the 
     employment and training programs such as C.E.T.A. that are 
     crucial to the development and welfare of all American 
     Indian Tribes.  
     
                             CERTIFICATION 

     The foregoing resolution has been adopted at the special 
     meeting of the Executive Council of the Affiliated Tribes of 
     Northwest Indians May 26, 1981 at the Sheraton Hotel, 
     Spokane, Washington.  
     
     _________________________________     ______________________
     Connie Skanen, Executive Director     Russell Jim, President 
     
     
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