September 25, 2015: Michigan Indian Day

WHEREAS, The presence of the Anishinabek in present day Michigan dates back centuries and the indigenous peoples and tribes of Michigan have contributed much to our State’s success, history, and cultural heritage; and,

WHEREAS, The State of Michigan is grateful for the government-to-government partnership that it shares with the twelve federally recognized tribes within its borders: the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Hannahville Indian Community, the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians; the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians; the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi; the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi; the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe; and,

WHEREAS, Public Act 30 of 1974 establishes the fourth Friday in September as Michigan Indian Day; and,

WHEREAS, In 2002, the State of Michigan and federally recognized tribes entered into a Government-to-Government Accord, providing a framework for partnerships that recognize a shared responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our common citizens. The 2002 Accord sought to enhance and improve consultation between the State and Tribes, foster respect for each other’s sovereign status, and facilitate the resolution of potentially contentious issues; and,

WHEREAS, Governor Rick Snyder recognized and affirmed the State’s commitments under the 2002 Government-to-Government Accord through Executive Directive 2012-2, which further called on the State and Tribes to carry out their commitments to improving mutual partnerships; and,

WHEREAS, The 2002 Government-to-Government Accord calls for an annual meeting to develop joint strategies; and,

WHEREAS, The Tribes and native people within Michigan contribute significantly to regional community and economic development in our state, and the State and Tribes have established various annual meetings and consultations to address issues of common concern; and,

WHEREAS, It is mutually beneficial to the State and Tribes to convert meaningful consultation to active collaboration in furtherance of our mutual goals to strengthen our communities, promote the health and well-being of our citizens, promote wise and scientific management of our resources, promote education and career training opportunities, and create jobs and investment in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, The development of strong and reliable government-to-government relationships between the Tribes and the State is beneficial to all of the citizens of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, We are honored to welcome the twelve federally recognized tribes located within Michigan to our State Capitol in Lansing for the purpose of fostering meaningful consultation and dialogue to improve upon our valued government-to-government partnerships at the Annual State-Tribal Summit on September 24, 2015;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 25, 2015, as Michigan Indian Day.