The Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission's mission is statutorily set to create a positive atmosphere of development for Oklahoma Indian people by opening lines of communication between Oklahoma Tribes and state government and by maintaining a consistent program of development in the areas of education, policy and legislation, planning and management, technical assistance, and economic development.
The Commission consists of eighteen members: nine appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate, and nine nonvoting, ex officio members. Four of the appointed members are from tribes represented by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Muskogee Area office; four of the appointed members are from tribes represented by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Anadarko Area Office. One appointed member serves at large. The nine nonvoting, ex officio members are the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation, the Director of the Department of Human Services, the Director of the State Arts Council, the Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, a designee from the office of the Secretary of State, a designee from the Attorney General, and a designee from the Governor's office.
DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES
To accomplish their mission, the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission retains a professional staff to provide technical assistance to tribes in the operation of their own programs and to assist in identifying and alleviating problems which concern Oklahoma's Indian citizenry. The Commission is charged by Statute with "...promoting unity, purpose and understanding among the Indian people of Oklahoma..." The Commission serves as a liason between the Indian leaders of the state, the various Indian agencies both Federal and State, and the Executive and Legislative branches of the state government.
Statutory Reference: Title 74, Sections 1201 - 1203 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
PERFORMANCE CRITERIA / SERVICES PROVIDED
FY-93 FY-94 FY-95 Criteria/Service: Actual Actual Budgeted Tribal Information Requests: Tribal Address/Phone 408 432 450 Tribal Membership/CDIB 979 911 950 Tribal Histories 353 293 300 Population Statistics 28 39 40 Tribal Information 984 1,550 1,750 Total Tribal Information Request 2,752 3,225 3,490 Federal Agency Information/Reference: Bureau of Indian Affairs 272 319 325 Indian Child Welfare 74 35 40 Unit on Aging 9 29 35 Total Federal Agency Information 355 383 400 State Agency Information/Reference: OIAC Information 583 975 1,000 State Agencies 648 1,662 1,750 Total State Agency Info. Requests 1,231 2,637 2,750 Social Services Assistance/Reference: Medical/Health 223 287 300 Education 241 234 235 Employment 94 83 80 Utilities 194 130 120 Housing 72 135 150 Food 81 76 70 Legal 131 134 132 Total Social Services Assistance 1,036 1,079 1,087 Other Requests 11,741 11,847 12,000 Total Info./Reference Contacts 17,115 18,833 19,727
EXPENDITURES BY FUND
FY-93 FY-94 FY-95 Type of Fund: Actual Actual Budgeted State Appropriated Funds $200,649 $143,786 $201,694 State Continuing/Revolving Funds: 200 Revolving Fund 3,008 0 0 Federal Funds 0 0 0 Total Expenditures by Fund $203,657 $143,786 $201,694
Capital Outlay Expenditures: General Revenue $0 $7,283 $0 426 Federal Funds 203,430 3,382 0 Total Capital Outlay Expenditure $203,430 $10,665 $0
EXPENDITURES BY OBJECT
FY-93 FY-94 FY-95 Object of Expenditure Actual Actual Budgeted Salaries and Benefits $141,539 $91,512 $116,876 Professional Services 1,450 5,238 9,000 Travel 12,458 9,520 13,000 Lease-Purchase Expenditures 0 0 0 Equipment 1,997 3,180 9,100 Payments to Local Governments 0 0 11,000 Other Operating Expenses 46,213 34,336 42,718 Total Expenditures by Object $203,657 $143,786 $201,694
EXPENDITURES BY ACTIVITY/SUB-ACTIVITY
FY-93 FY-94 FY-95 Activity No. and Name Actual Actual Budgeted 01 General Operations $202,481 $141,201 $192,594 88 Data Processing 1,176 2,585 9,100 Total Expenditures by Activity $203,657 $143,786 $201,694
FULL-TIME-EQUIVALENT EMPLOYEES (FTE) and VEHICLES
FY-93 FY-94 FY-95 Activity No. and Name Actual Actual Budgeted 10 General Operations 4.0 2.5 4.0 Total FTE 4.0 2.5 4.0 Number of Vehicles 0 0 0
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE / REVIEW
The Indian Affairs Commission, established in 1967, provides a liaison between the tribes of the state and state government. The Commission also helps provide economic and tourism development.
FY-90 was the first full year, since FY-87, that the Indian Affairs Commission had both an operating Commission and a confirmed Director. For FY-91, the agency received funding for increased operating expenses and for an upgrade for the Typist Clerk.
For FY-92 the Governor recommended that the Indian Affairs Commission receive an additional $10,000 to help with the agency's efforts to develop compacts between the state and tribal governments. The Commission received an appropriation reduction of $250 for one-time equipment purchases. The agency did not receive any increases other than statewide adjustments.
Because the agency had one computer that was shared by four people, the Governor recommended an increase of $4,800 to purchase two computers for FY'93.
For FY-94 the Commission's appropriations were reduced by 10% . The Commission combined two administrative support positions to reduce expenditures. This reduced the agency to only 3 FTE. Since most state agencies received a reduction for FY-94, the Governor and Legislature allowed agencies to carryover any savings from FY-93 for one-time expenditures in FY-94.
SB 746, passed during the 1994 legislative session, increased the number of members on the Indian Affairs Commission from sixteen to eighteen by adding the Secretary of State (or designee) and the Oklahoma Historical Society as non-voting, ex-officio members. The bill also reduced the number of annual Commission meetings from 12 to 6. Also, in FY-95, the agency's appropriation was reduced by $12,000 to accommodate the savings that the agency hopes to achieve from utilizing the OU Carl Albert Internship Program as opposed to its previous internship program.