AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE COMMISSION AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE COMMISSION.
Enacts new Part 30A, American Indian Heritage Commission in Article 2 of GS Chapter 143B. Establishes the 12-member American Indian Heritage Commission (Commission) in the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to advise and assist the Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of American Indian history, arts, customs, and culture. Sets out the Commission's five powers and duties, including providing oversight and management of all State-managed American Indian historic sites, promoting public awareness of the annual American Indian Heritage Month Celebration, and encouraging American Indian cultural tourism throughout the state. Sets out membership requirements, with members recommended by the specified tribes and organizations, and requires the initial board to be selected on or before October 1, 2021. Members serve three-year terms; sets up staggered terms for initial members. Provides for the filling of vacancies, removal of members, establishing a quorum, compensating members, and Commission staffing. Requires the Commission to meet at least semiannually.
Appropriates $250,000 for each year for the 2021-23 biennium in recurring funds from the General Fund to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to fund two positions and to provide operational support for the education, outreach, and communication efforts of the Commission.
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