On May 12 2014 at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus — a UN-appointed association of self-appointed lobbyists that includes the infamous North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus — issued a statement calling for cancellation of the September 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. On May 19, scores of American […]
Kicking off the White House Tribal Nations Conference this week with references to federal/tribal partnering on climate change impacts was perhaps an encouraging gesture by Department of Interior Secretary Jewell, but as Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians President Fawn Sharp remarked, American Indian tribes need more than gestures and promises. Calling upon Obama to establish […]
RELIGION AND CULTURE Culture is a complex entity of political, economic and spiritual dimensions. The language, beliefs and values of a culture find expression in such things as music, song and dance, as well as in arts and crafts, fashion and style. As cultural properties, these attributes join governance and religion in distinguishing one particular […]
There are several aspects of the UN human rights agenda that contribute to the invisibility of indigenous rights enshrined in the 2007 UN Declaration. First and foremost of the obstacles to implementing the rights of indigenous peoples has been the refusal of the UN to recognize indigenous nations as political entities worthy of participation in […]
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