January 30, 2017
CTUIR Statement Regarding Our Federal Government to Government Relationship
We the People of Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), who are Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribal members urge President Trump and his appointees to respect the unique and well-established principle of government-to-government relations with Indian tribes. Continuous, open and complete consultation is not a political choice. It is rooted in the Constitution and treaties that are the highest law of the land. So too, does the CTUIR urge our representatives in Congress to engage with tribes as the governments we are, the rights we have enshrined in law and our presence in our country from time immemorial.
American Indians have served in the armed forces of the United States in a greater numbers per-capita than any other ethnicity. Our service is in support and defense of the Constitution. The United States entered into a Treaty with the Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla and other Indians on June 9, 1855, which was ratified by the Senate on March 8, 1859 and set as 12 Statute 945, thus becoming the law of the land. As a sovereign, we believe in the rule of law and expect mutual respect will continue as a hallmark of our relationship with the United States.
Working together, through our government-to-government relationship builds stronger understanding and prosperity for all of our citizens.