USA Statutes : oregon
Title : TITLE 17 STATE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT AND LAWS
Chapter : Chapter 172 Commission on Uniform Laws; Commission on Indian Services
(1) A commission hereby is created to be known as the
Commission on Uniform State Laws which shall consist of:
(a) Three members of the bar who shall be appointed by the Governor
for terms of four years each, or until their successors are appointed and
(b) Any resident of this state who has been elected a life member
of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws because
of long service in the cause of uniformity of state legislation.
(2) The commissioners shall meet at least once in two years and
shall elect one of their number as chairperson and another as secretary,
each of whom shall hold office for a term of two years, or until a
successor is elected and qualifies.
(3) Upon the death, resignation or failure or refusal to serve of
any appointed commissioner, the office shall become vacant and the
Governor shall make an appointment to fill the vacancy for the unexpired
term of the former appointee.
(4) A member is entitled to compensation and expenses as provided
in ORS 292.495. [Amended by 1969 c.314 §9] Each commissioner shall attend
the meetings of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State
Laws, and both in and out of such national conference shall do all in the
power of the commissioner to promote uniformity in state laws, in all
subjects in which uniformity is desirable and practicable. The commission
shall report to the legislature at each regular session, and from time to
time thereafter as the commission deems proper, an account of its
transactions and its advice and recommendations for legislation. It also
shall be the duty of the commission to bring about as far as practicable
the uniform judicial interpretation of all uniform laws.
It is declared to be the policy and
intent of the Legislative Assembly that:
(1) The State of Oregon shall establish a Commission on Indian
Services for the purpose of improving services with American Indians in
the State of Oregon.
(2) The commission will not abrogate or supersede negotiations or
relations that any Indian tribe, band or group might have or develop
individually with any state, federal or local government. [1975 c.688 §1;
1979 c.33 §1](1) The Commission on Indian Services shall be
comprised of 13 members appointed jointly by the President of the Senate
and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Membership shall include:
(a) One member from the Senate.
(b) One member from the House of Representatives.
(c) One member from the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs
(d) One member from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian
(e) One member from the Burns-Paiute Tribe.
(f) One member from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of
(g) One member from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.
(h) One member from the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.
(i) One member from the Confederated Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw
(j) One member from the Klamath Tribe.
(k) One member from the Coquille Tribe.
(L) One member from each of the following areas in which
nonreservation Indians reside:
(A) Portland urban area.
(B) Willamette Valley area.
(2) If the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President
of the Senate is a member, either may designate from time to time an
alternate from among the members of the appropriate house to exercise the
powers of the Speaker or President as a member of the commission except
that the alternate shall not preside if the Speaker or President is
(3) All appointments of those representing the Indian population
shall be made from nominees selected by the appropriate tribal council or
the representative Indian organizations in the identified nonreservation
(4) The term of office is two years. Vacancies shall be filled by
the appointing authority for the unexpired term.
(5) In the event that other nonfederally recognized tribes
indigenous to Oregon obtain federal recognition status, the Commission on
Indian Services may recommend to the Legislative Assembly that membership
on the commission be granted to such tribes who demonstrate proof of
federal recognition and their authority to speak in the interest of the
tribe they represent. However, the total number of membership positions
on the commission shall not exceed 13. In order to accommodate tribal
representatives, the adjustment shall be made from among members
designated under subsection (1)(L) of this section. Individual nontribal
groups and organizations shall not be considered for membership on the
commission. Though individual nontribal groups and organizations shall
not be specifically represented on the commission, the commission as a
whole shall serve as a forum for considering the needs and concerns of
these groups and organizations as well as the needs and concerns of all
American Indians in Oregon.
(6) The commission shall elect a chairperson and vice chairperson
for a term of one year and shall determine the duties of the officers.
(7) A majority of the members of the commission constitutes a
quorum for the transaction of business but no final decision may be made
without an affirmative vote of the majority of the members appointed to
(8) Members who are not members of the Legislative Assembly may be
paid compensation and expenses as provided in ORS 292.495, from such
funds as may be available to the commission therefor. Members who are
members of the Legislative Assembly shall be paid compensation and
expense reimbursement as provided in ORS 171.072, payable from funds
appropriated to the Legislative Assembly. [1975 c.688 §2; 1977 c.891 §4;
1979 c.33 §2; 1985 c.268 §1; 1985 c.565 §17; 1987 c.54 §1; 1987 c.879 §2;
1991 c.147 §1] The Commission on Indian
(1) Compile information relating to services available to Indians,
including but not limited to education and training programs, work
programs, housing programs, health programs, mental health programs
including alcohol and drug services, and welfare programs from local,
state and federal sources and through private agencies.
(2) Develop and sponsor in cooperation with Indian groups and
organizations, programs to inform Indians of services available to them.
(3) Develop and sponsor programs to make Indian wants and needs
known to the public and private agencies the activities of which affect
Indians. Encourage and support these public and private agencies to
expand and improve their activities affecting the Indians.
(4) Assess programs of state agencies operating for the benefit of
Indians and make recommendations to the appropriate agencies for the
improvement of those programs.
(5) Report biennially to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly
on all matters of concern to Indians of this state and recommend
appropriate action. [1975 c.688 §3; 1979 c.33 §3] The Commission on Indian
Services may employ an Executive Officer and other staff as may be
necessary to carry out the purposes of ORS 172.100 to 172.140. [1975
c.688 §4; 1985 c.268 §2]The Commission on Indian Services may accept contributions of
funds and assistance from the United States, its agencies, or from any
other source, public or private, and agree to conditions thereon not
inconsistent with the purposes of the commission. All such funds are
continuously appropriated to aid in financing the functions of the
commission and shall be deposited in the General Fund of the State
Treasury to the credit of a separate account for the commission and shall
be disbursed for the purpose for which contributed. [1975 c.688 §5; 1981