RST Resolution No. 2009-352
Posted 3/22/10 (Mon)
RST Resolution No 2009-352
WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) is a federally recognized Indian Tribe organized pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934 and all pertinent amendments thereof; and
WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is governed by a Tribal Council made up of elected representatives who act in accordance with the powers granted to it by its Constitution and By-Laws; and
WHEREAS, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has enacted the Game, Fish and Parks Code, Title V, Chapter 35, Rosebud Law and Order Code, to provide for an orderly system on the Rosebud Indian Reservation for the management and control of the wildlife, fishery, forestry and outdoor recreation resources for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe; and
WHEREAS, the RST Department of Game, Fish and Parks manages, administers and controls all matters relating to the propagation, conservation, management, distribution, transportation, storage, and taking of fish and game and enforces the criminal and civil provisions of the RST Law & Order Code, subject to legislative oversight and supervision of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Land and Natural Resources Committee; and
WHEREAS, two (2) environmental groups have sued the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its approval of the rodenticides, Rozol and Kaput-D, in controlling black-tailed prairie dogs; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has indentified secondary kills directly related to the use of such anticoagulant rodenticides, which affect a great number of wildlife species, including (but not limited to) black-footed ferrets, bald and golden eagles, burrowing owls, several types of hawks, and turkey vultures; and
WHEREAS, the USFWS has said that “scavenging animals that eat dead prairie dogs are particularly at risk because blood thinners remain in animal tissues longer than the traditional prairie dog poison, zinc phosphide”; and
WHEREAS, the RST Department of Natural Resources and Game, Fish and Parks has experience with such secondary kills in local golden and bald eagle populations; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council has discussed the issue regarding controlling our local prairie dog colonies using Rozol and Kaput-D and has agreed not to authorize their use on any lands within the exterior boundaries of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.
The above Resolution No. 2009-352 was duly passed by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal
Council in session January 14, 2010, by a vote of eleven (11) in favor, none (0)
opposed and none (0) not voting. The said resolution was adopted pursuant to
authority vested in the Council. A quorum was present.