A National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) resolution is a statement adopted by its members to drive change. It indicates opposition or support for a change in government policy. It often requests money for programs, projects, or to support policy specific to issues that impact American Indian and Alaska Native elders.
The resolutions passed by the NICOA voting membership cover a broad range of aging topics and are equally important for providing direction to the organization and serve as advocacy tools with policymakers.
NICOA resolutions should include concise background information providing the reasoning for the position or action that you want NICOA to take.
- The resolution should address only one topic or issue. The resolution should be complete, so that when adopted it becomes a clear and formal expression of the elders.
- All resolutions should be aging related in nature to advocate for the interests of all American Indian and Alaska Native elders. Resolutions that focus on regional, state or tribal specific issues are not in order.
- A resolution endorsed by NICOA shall be the policy of NICOA until it is withdrawn or modified by subsequent resolution.
- The region submitting the resolution must select a NICOA voting member to introduce and defend the resolution before the resolutions committee and or before the voting members of the duly called biennial meeting of NICOA.
Resolutions must be submitted to the NICOA executive director no later 45 days before the NICOA biennial meeting, postmarked no later than June 15, 2021. Late resolutions submitted at the biennial meeting will not be accepted for consideration. The Resolutions Committee must be provided sufficient time to review the resolutions to ensure that they are in order.