restricted access 222. Remarks of President Clinton to Native American and Alaska Native Tribal Leaders, April 29, 1994
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343 (3) Study and conduct research concerning the operation of tribal justice systems . (4) Promote cooperation and coordination among tribal justice systems and the Federal and State judiciary systems. (5) Oversee the continuing operations of the Courts of Indian Offenses. (6) Provide funds to Indian tribes and tribal organizations for the continuation and enhancement of traditional tribal judicial practices. (d) No Imposition of Standards.— Nothing in this Act shall be deemed or construed to authorize the Office to impose justice standards on Indian tribes. (e) Assistance to Tribes.—The Office shall provide technical assistance and training to any Indian tribe or tribal organization upon request. . . . sec. 103. base support funding for tribal justice systems. (a) In General.—Pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, the Secretary is authorized (to the extent provided in advance in appropriations Acts) to enter into contracts, grants, or agreements with Indian tribes for the performance of any function of the Office and for the development, enhancement, and continuing operation of tribal justice systems and traditional tribal judicial practices by Indian tribal governments. . . . TITLE II—AUTHORIZATIONS OF APPROPRIATIONS [This Title authorizes appropriations for fiscal years 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000.] . . . . TITLE III—DISCLAIMERS sec. 301. tribal authority. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to— (1) encroach upon or diminish in any way the inherent sovereign authority of each tribal government to determine the role of the tribal justice system within the tribal government or to enact and enforce tribal laws; (2) diminish in any way the authority of tribal governments to appoint personnel; (3) impair the rights of each tribal government to determine the nature of its own legal system or the appointment of authority within the tribal government; (4) alter in any way any tribal traditional dispute resolution forum; (5) imply that any tribal justice system is an instrumentality of the United States; or (6) diminish the trust responsibility of the United States to Indian tribal governments and tribal justice systems of such governments. [U.S. Statutes at Large, 107:2004–10.] 222. Remarks of President Clinton to Native American and Alaska Native Tribal Leaders April 29, 1994 The president invited leaders of the 547 federally recognized tribes to a meeting at the White House to discuss their needs and wishes. To the 322 persons who appeared, Clinton spoke about his views on Indian policy and his desire to support the tribes in their autonomy and governmental status and about measures his administration was taking to reach these goals. . . . . . . . I say to the leaders of the first Americans , the American Indian and Alaska Natives , welcome to the White House. Welcome home. So much of who we are today comes from who you have been for a long time. Long before others came to these shores there were powerful and sophisticated cultures and societies here: yours. Because of your ancestors, democracy existed here long before the Constitution was drafted and ratified. . . . I believe in your rich heritage and in our common heritage. What you have done 344 to retain your identity, your dignity, and your faith in the face of often immeasurable obstacles is profoundly moving, an example of the enduring strength of the human spirit. We desperately need this lesson now. We must keep faith with you and with that spirit and with the common heritage so many of us cherish. That is what you came to talk to me about and what I would like to respond to today. In every relationship between our people, our first principle must be to respect your right to remain who you are and to live the way you wish to live. And I believe the best way to do that is to acknowledge the unique government-to-government relationship we have enjoyed over time. Today I reaffirm our commitment to self-determination for tribal governments. I pledge to fulfill the trust obligations of the Federal Government. I vow to honor and respect tribal sovereignty based upon our unique historic relationship. And I pledge to continue my efforts to protect your right to fully exercise your faith as you wish. Let me speak for a moment about religious freedom, something precious to you, something deeply enshrined in our Constitution . For many of you, traditional religions and ceremonies are the essence of your culture and your very existence. Last year, I was pleased to sign a law that restored certain constitutional protections for those who want...


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