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  INDIGENOUS COMMISSION MEETING
VIRTUAL TEAMS MEETING
211 WEST ASPEN AVENUE
             
THURSDAY, 4:30 P.M., AUGUST 12, 2021
     
             
1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Co-chair Washington at 4:37 P.M.
             
2. Roll Call
NOTE: One or more Commission Members may be in attendance telephonically or by other technological means.
Diana Cudeii, Ex-Officio: Present, joined at 4:50 PM
Dorothy Gishie, Ex-Officio: Excused Absence
Meg Kabotie Adakai, Ex-Officio: Present, joined at 5:43 PM
Cora M. Phillips, Co-Chair: Present
Joe. W. Washington, Co-Chair: Present
Courtney Scott: Excused Absence
Fawn Toya: Excused Absence
Kiara Weathersby: Present
Shawna Whitehat: Present
Jonathan Yellowhair: Present

Others in attendance: Councilmember Adam Shimoni; City Manager Clifton; and Rose Toehe, Staff Liaison/Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives.
             
3. Public Comment

At this time, any member of the public may address the Commission on any subject within their jurisdiction that is not scheduled before the Commission on that day. Due to Open Meeting Laws, the Commission cannot discuss or act on items presented during this portion of the agenda. To address the Commission on an item that is on the agenda, please wait for the Chair to call for Public Comment at the time the item is heard. (Five minute maximum per speaker)

None.
             
4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
             
A. Approval of Minutes for June 10, 2021
Motion to approve minutes as is or approve with amendments.

After a short discussion, commissioners supported the idea to reorder the agenda. Commissioner Whitehat made a motion to hear the Approval of Minutes at the end of this agenda (after Discussion Items).  Seconded by Commissioner Yellowhair. Motion passed unanimously.
             
B. Approval of Minutes for July 30, 2021 Retreat Meeting
Motion to approve minutes as is or approve with amendments.

After a short discussion, commissioners supported the idea to reorder the agenda. Commissioner Whitehat made a motion to hear the Approval of Minutes at the end of this agenda (after Discussion Items).  Seconded by Commissioner Yellowhair. Motion passed unanimously.
             
5. GENERAL BUSINESS (POSSIBLE VOTE)
             
A. Land Acknowledgment

An in-depth discussion which included compelling indigenous perspectives and consideration for length and flow was conducted. The following Land Acknowledgement will be recommended to Flagstaff City Council. This will be elevated first to Interim Public Affairs Director, City Manager and Legal.

The Flagstaff City Council humbly acknowledges the ancestral homelands of this area’s Indigenous Nations and original stewards. These lands, known as Flagstaff since 1928, sit at the base of the Sacred Mountains and are still inhabited by Native descendants. We honor them, their legacies, cultural traditions, continued contributions, past, current, and future generations who will forever know this place as home.

A motion was made by Commissioner Phillips to recommend the final version of Land Acknowledgement to be recommended to Flagstaff City Council to use. Seconded by Commissioner Yellowhair. Motion passed unanimously.
             
B. Mission and Vision Statements

After a short discussion on categorizing the bullet points into mission and vision sections, the Commission decided to move this agenda item onto the next agenda. Co-chair Washington recommended commissioners to think about these points and to be ready to take up the conversation at the next meeting.

The motion was made by Commissioner White to move this agenda item onto the next meeting agenda. Seconded by Commissioners Weathersby. Motion passed unanimously.

Mission statement work:
  • To positively influence the Flagstaff community through advocacy, education, and equitable policies based in indigeneity.
  • To create a respectful environment for all that is purposeful and will empower to heal, strengthen relationships with cultural knowledge and understanding.
  • To provide a voice for the Indigenous/Native American community of this land.... Which include all people, gone before yet to be born.
  • To build bridges of understanding through education, advocacy for indigenous values and culture to create a more empowering roadmap to develop a collective vision, defining challenges, problem solving, building partnerships, and unity to achieve a more just and equitable environment. (first version)
  • To build bridges of understanding through education, advocacy for Indigenous values and culture creating an empowering roadmap by developing a collective vision, defining challenges, problem solving, building partnerships and unity to achieve an equitable environment.
Vision statement work:
  • The community of Flagstaff is knowledgeable and inclusive of Indigenous values and cultural beliefs and provides equitable leadership.
             
6. DISCUSSION ITEMS
             
A. Alternative Response Model

Commissioner Yellowhair and staff liaison Rose Toehe lead the discussion in explaining and providing examples on Commissioner Yellowhair's suggestion on the possibility of creating an advisory board regarding the plans for a possible detox center. Commissioner Yellowhair would like to see a broader participation of indigenous people in the City's discussion and plans regarding the Alternate Response Model (ARM). Currently the ARM group consists of City staff/leadership, Rose Toehe and Commissioner Yellowhair. Some areas of concern include the high statistics of indigenous arrests, especially the unsheltered. Flagstaff currently does not have a detox center.

Ms. Toehe explained other entities which could make understanding somewhat of a challenge. For example, the overlap between the Coconino Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and the Alternate Response Model (ARM) and how some areas are unclear due to being in development stage, i.e. recruitment/establishing the CJCC Indigenous Initiatives Work Group and a for-profit detox & treatment center locating to Flagstaff which may effect ARM. Several layers and overlap to consider. Co-chair Washington recommends hearing from ARM and CJCC representatives. Ms. Toehe will reach out regarding this recommendation.
             
7. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS TO/FROM COMMISSION MEMBERS, STAFF, AND FUTURE AGENDA ITEM REQUESTS
Commissioner Whitehat shared on the Rumble on the Mountain event and expressed the need for additional marketing of Indigenous Commission.

Co-chair Washington encouraged commissioners to send in recommendations for agenda items.

Rose Toehe informed the commissioners of upcoming topics which will need input. She encouraged that attention be given to information sent to them, advertised through media, or posted on City website. There are requests to present to the Commission, i.e. Sustainability and Housing.
             
8. ADJOURNMENT
Co-chair Washington adjourned meeting at 6:38 P.M.
Next meeting is October 14, 2021 at 4:30 P.M.

    

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