Resolution R316-2013

Establishes the Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Relations

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  • Jan 28, 2013: ADOPTED

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SENATE  RESOLUTION  providing for a Senate Select Committee on State-Na-
tive American Relations

WHEREAS, New York state ranks ninth in the nation in terms of  the  size
of  its  Native  American population, with more than 100,000 New Yorkers
noting their American Indian ancestry in the 2010 federal census; and
  WHEREAS, New York state has  a  government-to-government  relationship
with nine American Indian nations; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  recognized  that  an open forum is needed to promote
better relations between Native Americans and New York state  and  local
governments, and to inform the Senate in matters pertaining to the needs
of  Native  Americans  in areas such as education, economic development,
social services,    transportation,  employment  opportunities,  health,
housing,  and  other  rights  and services offered by New York state, as
well as other issues impacting Native Americans, their territories,  and
surrounding communities; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  a Select Committee on State-Native American Relations
is hereby established, to hold public hearings for gathering information
and making legislative proposals and recommendations to state  agencies,
to  provide  outreach to and interaction with private organizations that
assist Native Americans, and to make recommendations  on  Native  Ameri-
can-related  legislative  proposals  and  resolutions  before  the state
legislature, with all such activities to be conducted in the advancement
of meaningful dialogue between state  and  Native  American  leaders  on
matters of common interest; and be it further
  RESOLVED, The Select Committee shall consist of eleven Senators, to be
appointed  by  the  Majority  Coalition  leaders, pursuant to membership
composition as set forth under Senate Rule VIII. The chairperson of such
committee shall be appointed by the Majority Coalition leaders;  and  be
it further
  RESOLVED, That such committee shall have the same authority as commit-
tees  constituted under Article 4 of the Legislative Law and Senate Rule
VII.

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