“Promoting the Economic Self-Sufficiency and Self-Determination of American Indians and Native Americans since 1974”
Statement of Principles:
Raise the voice of all Native People through advocacy at all levels of influence, establish channels of communications, and response protocols to issues of importance that benefit Native Nations and Native populations directly and indirectly.
Promote issues of importance to all Native Nations who collectively support and are responding to matters that will affect their communities and their people, their land and natural resources, and their self-governance.
Support the two federally recognized Tribal Nations in the State of Florida on issues, policies and law, which are important for their sovereign self-governance and self-determination for their people.
Promote the two federally recognized Tribal Nations in Florida, Native owned businesses and Native people in their pursuit for achieving economic self-sufficiency through reservation economic and community development, acquisitions, entrepreneurship, education and training as determined by Tribes and Native population.
Promote the profile and prominence of the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. to national recognition for their voice and influence in Indian Country.
Purpose of the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc.
The Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. is organized for the purpose of being an advocate and advisory body to the Governor’s Office, the State of Florida Agencies on matters of policies, law and services to Native American Population in the State of Florida. Further, advocacy on behalf of Native American Population to federal level, and all levels of external organizations impacting their interest and rights.
FGCIA, Inc. has been in operation since its establishment in 1974. The FGCIA, INC. is a private not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization. Since its inception, organization, and operation, the FGCIA, INC. has been providing public education at all levels to institutions, organizations, and groups. In addition, The FGCIA, INC. is engaged in providing technical assistance for the educational, economic, social, and cultural advancement of the federally recognized Indian Tribes and their members within the State of Florida
In order to further achieve the stated “Mission, Principles, and Purpose” for the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. the organization will need to view the challenges beyond its limited impact and influence of the past and begin to view “Indian Country” on a global scale. Meaning the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. is or should be an important influence in local, regional, and national affairs impacting Native Americans and be active partner with all other regional and national Native American and Tribal organizations working towards the same goals. The goals are to benefit Tribal and Native American individuals gain economic, political, social and cultural advancement in this State and the broader society of the United States.
There are constant threats to Tribal sovereignty, natural resources, and trust rights of all Native Tribes. As a result of these threats occurring, these attempts ultimately affects the rights of individual Native American population back home whether they reside on or off the set aside Trust Lands of Tribal Nations.
Constant struggles continue at the federal level which ultimately affects what happens at the state and local levels. Sovereignty is affected, economic self-sufficiency and self-determination is affected, social and cultural gains are affected, educational gains are affected. Therefore the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. is ready to stand with other Native Organizations and Native Tribes to support all levels of influence required in Indian Country.
Here are examples of the type of issues and activities in which the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc. has been involved in throughout the years:
Provided information to the Governor’s Office, the Cabinet, Legislators, and other decision makers on issues, which affect Native people in Florida.
Assisted in the development of rules promulgated for the implementation of Florida Statutes relating to or affecting Native Americans in Florida.
Assisted in the implementation of s. 285.16-18,F.S., which relates to Tribal/State engagement of government to government relations.
Shared information and provide technical assistance regarding Native Americans in Florida to federal, state, and local agencies, all levels of educational institutions, Native American organizations and individuals, external interest groups, civic organizations, and tourism.
Have been awarded every year and managed the Dept. of Labor Native American employment and training services grant since 1976.
Assisted in the development of the Governor’s policy regarding recognizing groups as “Indian Tribes” in the State of Florida.
Assisted in the development of cooperative agreements between state agencies and the Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes.
Developed and implemented the Florida Indian Youth Program starting in 1980. The program is designed to encourage high school graduation and higher learning goals for Native American Youth.
The “Council” maintains contact and stays abreast of activities of statewide or regional committees of various interest. They include Domestic Violence issues, sexual violence, Health services and health insurance issues like Florida Kid Care program, education, and child welfare issues.
Native American Veterans issues are being explored and addressed.
Collaboration with national and regional Native Organizations is an ongoing process and will continue to be so.