The National Indian Education Association’s (NIEA) policy priorities and advocacy work are developed and guided by resolutions drafted and passed by our membership. Resolutions cover a wide spectrum of topics related to Native education and serve as a key resource in communicating membership priorities to policy makers. NIEA members have the opportunity to guide the organization by elevating priorities that meet their needs at the local level, as well as the ability to prioritize issues in Native education that are of national concern.
Since our founding in 1969, NIEA’s Annual Convention and Trade Show has been a gathering place where our educators and advocates have come together to learn from and inspire each other. This year’s Convention in Orlando, like those before it, represents a forum where attendees will come together to share ideas and form partnership to improve education in Native communities. It also where our members come together and vote on resolutions proposed by our membership.
Voting on Resolutions
In order to make the process for adopting resolutions inclusive and reflective of the NIEA’s full membership, non-emergency resolutions will be voted on via ballots when membership votes on NIEA Board candidates. Under the by-laws adopted at the 2016 Convention, Non-Emergency Resolutions must be submitted by a Member in good standing at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the annual convention. Ballots will include Non-Emergency Resolutions and Board candidates—both will be voted on simultaneously. Live voting during the last General Assembly will be limited to emergency resolutions.
Emergency resolutions must be submitted and reviewed by the NIEA Board 24 hours before the last General Assembly. Both Emergency and Non-Emergency resolutions will be reviewed by the NIEA Board’s Resolution Committee to allow for adequate screening and presentation to the membership. Resolutions of a more permanent nature are considered Non-Emergency Resolutions. Resolutions requiring timely action due to pending legislation or action are considered Emergency Resolutions.
Non-Emergency Resolutions must be national in scope and address a single issue. They must also further 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. The deadline to submit Non-Emergency Resolutions for consideration at the 2017 Annual Convention is August 6, 2017.
Resolutions should be submitted to Matt deFerranti at email@example.com.
Emergency Resolutions must meet this three-part test:
- Emergency Resolutions must be national in scope and address a single issue
- Emergency Resolutions must require NIEA to take action within two weeksof the last day of the Convention, October 7, 2017. 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 would mean NIEA would take direction from within the existing scope of the goals and objectives set forth in previous Resolutions and from the Board of Directors. Emergency Resolutions may be directed to the NIEA Board of Directors to take necessary action.
- Emergency Resolutions are submitted in writing to the Resolution Committee no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the last general assembly at which NIEA business will be conducted (which will be the closing assembly that Saturday, October 7, 2017) 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.