September 20, 2012
Governor Schweitzer releases 2012 Tribal Relations Report
HELENA — On September 15, Governor Brian Schweitzer released the 2012 Tribal Relations Report highlighting the State of Montana and Tribal Nations major efforts to work cooperatively since 2005. The full text of the report is available online at http://tribalnations.mt.gov/.
“This report highlights the historic efforts, policy changes and major accomplishments of my Administration’s work throughout Indian Country over the past eight years” Governor Schweitzer said. “I am grateful for the friendships and partnerships I have made and I am proud of the work we have accomplished together.”
The report demonstrates the commitment and dedication of the entire Administration to work on a true government-to-government basis. The inclusion of Native Americans in his cabinet level appointments is significant as is the more than 250 appointments he made to boards and commissions - more than all 22 previous governors combined.
There were more that 450 cooperative agreements, trainings and collaborative efforts in effect between the state and tribal governments in Montana during fiscal year 2012. These projects covered every aspect of governmental operations, including economic development; the delivery of human services; environmental stewardship; cooperation on finance and justice issues; and education.
This year’s report, a result of a 2003 state law sponsored by Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, honors the buffalo. The theme of this final report is entitled “Promises Made, Promises Kept.”