City Council Meeting - FINAL


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  7.A.       
Meeting Date: 10/06/2020  
From: Rose Toehe, Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives

Information
TITLE:
Consideration and Approval of Memorandum of Understanding and Consideration and Adoption of Ordinance No. 2020-24: A Memorandum of Understanding with Coconino County for members of the Coconino County Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council to serve as ex-officio members of the City of Flagstaff Indigenous Commission and an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Flagstaff Arizona, amending the Flagstaff City Code, Title 2, Boards and Commissions, by adding a new Chapter 2-26, creating an Indigenous Commission
STAFF RECOMMENDED ACTION:
1) Approve the Memorandum of Understanding
2) Read Ordinance No. 2020-24 by title only for the final time
3) City Clerk reads Ordinance No. 2020-24 by title only (if approved above)
4) Adopt Ordinance No. 2020-24
Executive Summary:
On October 10, 2017, the Flagstaff City Council made a commitment to the Indigenous citizens and communities to address the recommendations received from six city-wide Indigenous forums in collaboration with Indigenous Circle of Flagstaff.  The City Council further made a commitment to realize the creation of an Indigenous Commission to help advise City Council on carrying out the recommendations. The Indigenous Commission will serve as a communication bridge to Indigenous citizenry/population through the office of Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives to City Council.   

Strategic Plan and Recommendations:
  1. Visibility: To build visibility of Indigenous presence and contributions through public art, street and place names, public advertising, and possible support for a Flagstaff Powwow.
  2. Economic Inclusion: Finance and promote a study to quantify Indigenous contribution to Flagstaff’s economy.  Create a directory of and promote Indigenous-owned businesses in Flagstaff.  Feasibility study for a public marketplace for Indigenous artists.
  3. Community/Cultural Center: Begin the process to develop a vision statement, and to identify a location, administrative structure, and funding partners for an Indigenous Community Cultural Center.  This is the costliest of the recommendations and also the most frequently articulated. 
  4. Education: Work with Flagstaff Unified School District to support expanded curricula and staff training on Indigenous histories, cultures, and contributions.
  5. Public Safety and Criminal Justice: Work with Police, Fire Departments and the Courts to include conversations and input on public safety.
  6. Wellness: Take initiative in identifying, assisting, and supporting Indigenous organizations to build culturally grounded resources for the treatment of intergenerational trauma and other sources of damage expressed by means of substance abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, and suicide. Including positive programs such as Indigenous community gardens and youth-elder programs ideally based within Community Cultural Center.  Explore ways to show consideration and respect for lands that are revered, beloved, and sacred for Indigenous people. This is a paramount issue of physical, mental, and spiritual health for the Indigenous people of Flagstaff.
  7. Housing: Work with Indigenous organizations to further support affordable housing for Indigenous people. Identify and recommend ways the City can ease the burden of Flagstaff’s restrictive price levels for housing and utilities.
  8. Transportation: Explore solutions to regional transportation deficits that place particular obstacles in the path of Native Indigenous people who travel between the City and nearby homes or additional family homes for work, shopping, family connections, and health services.
Financial Impact:
A budget is not associated with this activity in the current budget cycle.  In the future, funds can be identified to carry out certain aspects/activities of the Commission.
Policy Impact:
The Indigenous Commission can advise the City Council on policy issues and considerations.
Connection to PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
Priority Based Budget Key Community Priorities and Objectives

High Performing Governance:
Encourage public trust through transparency, accessibility and the use of the City's public participation policy.
Safe and Healthy Community:
Help to foster a safe, secure, and healthy community.
Inclusive and Engaged Community:
Foster community pride and civic engagement. 
Advance social equity and social justice in Flagstaff.
Facilitate and foster diversity and inclusivity.
Enhance community outreach and engagement opportunities.
Robust and Resilient Economy:
Grow and strengthen a more robust, diverse, a resilient economy.
Livable Community:
Create a welcoming community through partnerships, strong neighborhoods, civic engagement, and resident participation.
Provide educational opportunities for Flagstaff.
Environmental Stewardship:
Actively manage to protect all environmental and natural resources.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
On May 26, 2020, during the Work Plan presentation of the Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives, Council briefly discussed the need to create the Indigenous Commission and referred to other discussions in the past.

On July 7, 2020, Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives provided a presentation on Commissions and Committee to seek Council guidance and direction on Indigenous Commission creation.
Attachments
Memorandum of Understanding
Ord. 2020-24


    

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