The Board reviewed the FY 96-97 budget, which yielded a $59,000 surplus that has been used to begin rebuilding the Society's financial reserves. The Board also reviewed the current financial information for the "short year," July through December 1997 budget. This short year was necessary to move us to the calendar fiscal year, and because the majority of the Society's revenues are collected in the first six months of each year, the short year budget will most likely show a technical deficit. Overall, however, the financial situation of the Society has improved substantially in the last year and a half. The Board also approved an FY98 budget that projects a $41,000 surplus. Again, the surplus will be used to continue rebuilding the Society's strategic reserves.
In other financially related matters, the Board authorized an endowment fund for public education activities and approved a fund-raising plan submitted by the Native American Scholarships committee. The Board also approved a payout policy for SAA endowment funds, an investment policy for the reserve funds, and a gift-acceptance policy
In other actions, the Board approved a list of potential committee chairs, a committee appointments policy, and a series of revisions to the committee charges. The Board approved a request from the Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology to conduct a pilot survey on the status of women in consulting archaeology, and established interest groups for women in archaeology and for researchers interested in the study of fiber and perishable artifacts. The Board also strongly supported a proposal from the Public Education Committee to pursue a possible partnership with Haskell Indian Nations University to develop workshops for Native American educators.
The Board discussed several government affairs issues, including the draft 36 CFR 800 regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act recently adopted by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and proposed amendments to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The Board authorized the President and the Government Affairs Committee chair to appoint "issue teams," informal advisory groups that can be constituted quickly to advise the Executive Committee and the Board about rapidly developing government affairs issues.
Finally, the Board approved Denver as the site for the 2002 annual meeting and authorized the Executive Director to begin contract negotiations for that meeting.