Program Authorization: R.S. 46:2301-2303
The mission of the Office of Indian Affairs is to address issues related to Native Americans and achieve the goal of Indian self-determination, while at the same time serving the interests of the State of Louisiana.
The goal of the Office of Indian Affairs is to provide services to the Indian tribes of Louisiana in all areas of Indian issues and concerns and to foster recognition of the community in the eyes of the non-Indian public.
There are ten tribes (six of which are recognized by the State of Louisiana and four of which are recognized by the federal government), with a collective population of approximately 30,000 Native Americans, in Louisiana that seek the assistance of this office in legislation and other actions to alleviate the social, economic and educational deprivation experienced by Louisiana's Native Americans.
The Office of Indian Affairs performs the following activities: administers programs relative to Louisiana Indians; makes recommendations to the governor and to the legislature for needed improvements and additional resources to promote the welfare of the Indians in Louisiana; serves as the official negotiating agent of the state upon which federally-recognized tribes in the State of Louisiana may serve notice of any request to negotiate state tribal compacts; and prepares and submits an annual report to the legislature and governor.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program, through the Louisiana Indian Education Advocacy Group, will encourage Indian parents to become more active in the total education process in order to encourage Indian high school students to graduate and go on to college, to teach students and parents to take advantage of TOPS in pursuing a college education, and to encourage school districts to apply for Title IX funding and use this funding for the benefit of Indian students.
Explanatory Note: To accomplish this objective, the Administrative Program will hold quarterly education workshops, attend a minimum of two national Title IX workshops, encourage Indian parent participation, discourage Indian student dropout, and encourage Indian student college attendance.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program will increase awareness and educate the general public on the contributions of Louisiana's Native American people by encouraging the tribes to continue their individual museum projects, encouraging tribal cultural displays in schools; and working with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to develop an Indian tourist brochure and a Louisiana Indian web page; and the Administrative Program will also have staff attend all Louisiana Archaeological Survey and Antiquities Commission meetings and serve as a liaison between the state, oil companies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Indian tribes when unmarked grave sites are found.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program will work with the Poverty Point Development Commission and Indian tribes with the focal point of developing Poverty Point into a National Native American Commemoration Area and University Research Center and Museum and to investigate, catalog, and research all of Louisiana's Indian mounds for the preservation of Louisiana's Indian culture and history and education of Louisiana people on Louisiana's Indian culture and history.
1) The initial meeting was held in September 1997 at Poverty Point. A second meeting was held on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville. At the second meeting, the Poverty Point Development Commission members were appointed and goals and objectives were discussed. A third meeting is set for February 1998 to plan progress and target dates.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program will continue efforts to develop tribal economic self-determination and tribal cultural centers by continuing work with Louisiana State University and the Houma Nation in developing an off-bottom oyster producing industry for the Pointe Au Chien and Isle Jean Charles Indian communities, with an objective of planting a million oysters in Summer 1998; continuing to work with the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) and the Chitimacha nation to develop a two-year extension campus on the Chitimacha reservation in Fall 1998; and visit each Indian community in the state at least once in FY 1998-99 in order to encourage them to continue to develop economic self-determination and tribal cultural centers.
1 This is a program initiated by the Office of Indian Affairs to help the Indian community to start a new industry to replace gill net fishing. The director of the Office of Indian Affairs is working on a grant in conjunction with Louisiana State University to accomplish this.
5. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program will pass through $10,200,000 in statutory dedications to three local governments with compacts with Indian Tribes.
1 By the end of 1998, the Chitimacha and Coushatta will be paying the state 6% on casino profits. In FY 1997-98, a BA-7 was approved to increase Allen and St. Mary Parishes Gaming Mitigation Funds to projected revenue collections.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with state general fund, interagency transfers, and Statutory Dedications. Interagency transfers are derived from the Executive Office in order to fund an existing position. Statutory dedications are derived from Allen, Avoyelles and St. Mary Parishes Local Government Gaming Mitigation Funds which are generated from Indian gaming revenues. (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.)
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
Means of Financing Substitution replacing $1,000,000 fees and self-generated revenue with Statutory Dedication due to the creation of the St. Mary Parish Gaming Mitigation Fund by Act 741 of the 1997 Regular Session
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 167.5% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.9% of the total request ($ 10,340,300) for this program. An increase in total recommended budget is primarily due to the increase in Statutory Dedications for Indian gaming revenues.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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