The below is an excerpt from the Washington State Democratic Platform, as passed by the elected delegates to the 2018 Washington State Convention, held in Wenatchee Washington on June 17th, 2018. You can find Resolutions passed by the WSDCC in the column to the right.
Governments must respect Native American nations, oppose attempts to diminish sovereignty and cultures, and educate the general population of the inherent and sovereign treaty-based rights of Native American people. This is an important step toward open and meaningful relations that reaffirm rights derived from sovereign treaties and state compacts.
We call for:
- Recognition of all federally recognized Tribal Nations that meet the minimum threshold of the Department of the Interior;
- Tribal Nations as having inherent sovereignty with the rights to self-governance, self-determination, and economic self-sufficiency;
- Government-to-government relationship between Tribal Nations and the Washington State and the federal government;
- Consulting with tribal leaders prior to proposing or supporting legislation/policy that may impact Tribal Nations;
- Legislation to institutionalize consultation with tribal nations per Presidential Executive Order 13175;
- Tribal Nations efforts in cultural preservation, religious freedoms, and overall welfare in meeting of trust obligations included within compacts, executive orders, and treaties;
- Elevating the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs to a cabinet-level department to accommodate the unique relationship of all recognized tribes in WA;
- Advancing the socioeconomic condition of Tribal Nations, including in urban & off/on reservation environments, including funding for cultural, health, and other social service organizations;
- A stronger effort to appoint Tribal Members on all boards, commissions, committees in state, county, local governments to provide equitable and fair representation in these policy and decision making entities;
- The rights of Tribal Nations to regulate and manage their air quality, natural resources, and protection of sacred and cultural sites;
- The right to hunt, fish, and gather at all traditional usual and accustom places for subsistence living in ceded areas;
- Adequate funding for all state and federal programs and services that impact Tribal Nations;
- Local, regional, and state dialogue on the issues of racism and cultural appropriation;
- Tribal Nations having the flexibility to develop their economies by streamlining state and federal programs and removing the regulatory barriers that continue to impede economic development;
- Tribal Nations’ access to traditional financing tools (e.g., tax-exempt financing, the New Markets Tax Credit, Section 1603 grants, as well as tribes’ ability to monetize tax credits, or transfer those credits to minority equity partners);
- The full funding of Tribal Law & Order Act programs and public safety initiatives for Tribal Nations;
- The prosecution of non-Tribal members in Tribal court, for alleged violations not covered in the Federal Major Crimes Act;
- The institutionalization of Tribal Nations’ involvement in the work of the Council on Environmental Quality’s Climate Change Adaption Task Force;
- Creating a federal Tribal Nations commission to ensure compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
- The United Nations allowing Tribal Nations to participate in UN Forums as Nations, rather than as non-government organizational representatives;
- Working in close consultation and collaboration with Tribal Nations to facilitate effective data collection, especially through testing improvements in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey;
- Including “American Indians and Alaska Natives” in national data sets and collecting comprehensive data from tribes;
- Revising the laws to ensure equitable sharing, with tribal governments, of revenue collected by local, county, state, and federal governments on tribal lands.
- Abuse of any treaty or tribal agreement by any party or tribal government;
- The efforts by any groups or organization that support forced assimilation and its distortion of U.S. history;
- The legacy of racism in sports and harmful “Indian Sports Mascots”;
- The U.S. Attorney’s annual declination disposition reports without adequate and accurate data concerning violence against women.