RESOLUTION OF THE
(insert name of tribal council)
A RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH LOCAL AND NATIONAL POLICY PROTECTION FOR INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES
WHEREAS, the Tribal Council has the authorities and duty to protect the health, security and general welfare of the (insert tribe name); and
WHEREAS, we affirm that Indigenous peoples of the world have the right to self-determination, and in exercising that right must be recognized as the exclusive owners of their traditional knowledge and biological resources; and
WHEREAS, we recognize that Indigenous peoples have a commonality of experiences relating to the exploitation of their indigenous knowledge and biological resources; and
WHEREAS, we note that public and private research projects sometimes fail to carry out direct and meaningful consultation with the Tribal Council before initiating or implementing their projects;
WHEREAS, we note that existing protection mechanisms are insufficient for the protection of tribal collective and human rights, traditional knowledge, and biological resources; and
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TRIBAL COUNCIL OF THE (insert name of tribal council) to initiate the process of establishing a regulatory framework to oversee and control research activities within the tribe’s jurisdiction;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Tribal Council network with other tribal leaders to institute and strengthen policy protections within the appropriate federal agencies at the federal level.
C E R T I F I C A T I O N
The foregoing resolution was duly adopted by the Tribal Council of the
(insert tribe name) on the (date), with a vote of ___ for, ___ opposed, and ___ not voting, pursuant to the authority vested in it by Article ___, Section ___, of the Tribal Constitution and Bylaws; said Constitution adopted and approved under Section 16 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984), as amended.
Chairman of the Tribal Council
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