NIEA resolutions guide the organization’s national policy development and help establish its legislative priorities. They provide guidance and direction by bringing attention to issues of concern to NIEA members. The Annual Convention represents a forum where these resolutions are brought before the membership for deliberation and possible vote. To prepare for the NIEA 2016 Convention, review the guidelines below to learn about the process.
The NIEA Board’s Resolution Committee is responsible for reviewing all resolutions and determining whether a resolution is of an Emergency or Non-Emergency nature. Resolutions of a more permanent nature are considered Continuing Resolutions, or Non-Emergency, and those of a more immediate nature requiring timely action due to pending legislation or action are considered Emergency Resolutions.
As a way to make the resolution process more inclusive and reflective of NIEA’s entire membership, voting for resolutions will be done a little differently this year. During the 2016 Convention, resolutions will be voted on via ballots when membership votes on NIEA Board candidates. As such Resolutions and Board candidates will be voted on simultaneously. This new voting process will eliminate live voting during General Assembly. The only exception to this process will be for emergency resolutions that are submitted and reviewed by the NIEA Board 24 hours before the last General Assembly.
Resolutions must be national in scope and address a single issue. They must also further develop NIEA’s mission to better support culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States. Both emergency and non-emergency resolutions should deepen NIEA’s purpose and reflect the membership’s best interests.
Emergency Resolutions must meet this three-part test:
- Resolutions must be national in scope and address a single issue.
- Must require NIEA to take action within two weeks of the last day of the Convention, October 22, 2016. If the action stated in a resolution does not have to be completed within two weeks of the last day of the Convention and is not substantially different from existing NIEA goals and objectives, then that resolution does not warrant emergency status. Absence of such actions proposed in the Emergency Resolution should mean NIEA would not otherwise have direction from within the existing scope of its goals and objectives. It may then be directed to the NIEA Board of Directors to take necessary action.
- Are submitted in writing to the Resolution Committee no later than 24 hours prior to the last general assembly at which NIEA business will be conducted (which will be the 3rd general assembly on Saturday, October 8, 2016) and require actions which must be completed within two weeks of the last day of Convention.
Resolutions that have not been submitted to the Resolutions Committee in writing and that do not follow the above outlined process WILL NOT be considered during the Convention and will be referred to the NIEA Board of Directors for consideration.