2010 Tribal Relations Report

2010 Tribal Relations

Governor Brian Schweitzer released the 2010 Tribal Relations Report highlighting the State of Montana and Tribal Nations major efforts to work together during this past fiscal year. 

2010 Tribal Relations Report 

The Tribal Relations Report

is produced annually in fulfillment of MCA 2-15-143 to highlight the State of Montana’s major activities and interactions with the eight American Indian sovereign governments in Montana. The report is due by September 15 of each year to provide an overview of the major accomplishments that occurred during the course of the previous State fiscal year. 

This year’s report is organized into four main sections: (1) Strengthening the State-Tribal Relationship; (2) State Agreements Impacting Tribal Governments; (3) State Programs Impacting Tribal Populations; and (4) Appendix “A.” 

Part I, “Strengthening the State-Tribal Relationship,”

describes State initiatives to improve consultation and communication between Tribal governments and the State of Montana. These efforts include cultural awareness training for state employees, ensuring Indian people are represented on state boards, and improving efforts to communicate appropriately with Tribal governments. This section focus on the impressive Indian appointees, including a complete listing of the 119 American Indian appointees serving on state boards, councils, and commissions as of June 30, 2010. 

Part II, “Activities Impacting Tribal Governments,”

highlights innovative programs as well as agreements, negotiations and collaborative efforts between Tribal governments and the State. These activities fall into several core areas ranging from economic development, environmental stewardship, human services, finance and justice. A more complete listing of over 650 state-tribal agreements is part of in Appendix “A”. 

Part III, “Activities Impacting Tribal Populations,”

describes State programs provided for Indian people generally, whether they live on or off the reservation, as well as cultural and educational programs implemented throughout the State. Examples included in this section are the Healthy Montana Kids Program outreach efforts by the Department of Public Health & Human Services and the Burial Preservation Board, which is administered by the Department of Administration and the Montana Historical Society. 

Appendix “A”

is a comprehensive summary of over 650 agreements, negotiations, and collaborative efforts with tribal governments that were in effect during the course of fiscal year 2010. This summary is generated from the State-Tribal Activities Database. In the last year, many state agencies have worked to include the database users’ responsibilities in the employee job profile to ensure continuity and accountability in the long-term.

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