The present Act establishes that the Governance Agreement signed on behalf of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and Her Majesty in right of Canada on August 30, 2013 is approved, given effect and declared valid and has the force of law. Section 5 establishes that: 1) Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is a legal entity and has the capacity, rights, powers and privileges of a natural person and the capacity to have standing in any legal proceeding involving: a) any aboriginal or treaty rights of Sioux; Valley Dakota Nation, including those rights that may be exercised by individuals; b) other rights of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation; or c) the rights of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation citizens. The text consists of 17 sections.Furthermore, the present Governance Agreement sets out a process for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to take control over and pass laws relating to natural resource development and the environmental assessment of related projects on its reserve land base. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation will also be able to register, license and regulate businesses on its reserve lands. These changes lay the groundwork for expanded economic development and business partnerships with the private sector on Sioux Valley Dakota Nation reserve lands.The text consists of 17 Parts as follows: Definitions and interpretations (1); Government to government relationship (2); Capacity of Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate Government (3); The Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Constitution (4); Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Jurisdiction (5); Relationship of laws (6); Delegation of government functions (7); Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Lands (8); Justice matters (9); Fiscal relationship and financial arrangements (10); Taxation matters (11); Intergovernmental relations and implementation (12); Dispute resolution (13); Amendment of this Agreement (14); Miscellaneous provisions (15); Legal measures (16); Coming into effect (17).The Tripartite Governance Agreement among Sioux Valley Dakota Nation as represented by the Elected Council of its Government and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Manitoba as represented by the Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs is enclosed.
Implements: Governance Agreement. (2013-08-30)
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