Mission and Goals
The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate has unique and special
employment rights. As a Tribe we have the sovereign authority to
control the employment practices of all employers on the reservation.
In addition, as citizens of the United States, we are protected by
anti-discrimination laws adopted by Congress during the past three
decades. These set of rights give us the right to a large share of
jobs and business opportunities on and near the Lake Traverse
Within the past three decades, tribes have made tremendous strides to
identify and protect the rights, resources and opportunities of their
people. Tribes are effectively exercising their water, hunting,
fishing, and gaming rights, and maximizing the economic return from
their natural and other resources. Tribes are clarifying and defining
the sovereign jurisdiction of their governments. Tribes have the
authority to enact the strongest employment/contracting rights laws.
Insuring that maximum employment of tribal members by all
reservation employers. However, history shows that only by officially
passing a tribal law imposing Indian preference requirements and only
by establishing an office within the tribe to enforce the law will
tribal members benefit from these special rights.
Passing a law is not enough, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate has developed
comprehensive compliance and enforcement strategy.
Laws and guidelines that impose specific requirements on
employers that regulate their employment practices and meet their
obligations to provide preference in recruiting, hiring, training, and
promotions of Native Americans.
A monitoring system that checks on an employer's
performance to guarantee their compliance with tribal preference
An enforcement system that imposes fines and other
sanctions on employers who fail to comply with Indian preference