Thursday, December 16, 2010

U.S. Endorses the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples!

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 5:43 PM

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U.S. Endorses the


on the Rights of Indigenous


This morning, President Barack Obama announced

that the United States endorses the UN Declaration

on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This is an

enormously important day for indigenous peoples.

There is now a global consensus

and this will improve the lives of Indian

and Alaska Native nations

and indigenous peoples everywhere.

Thank you for your faith in

our work and your

support for this

33-year effort.

Obama announces support of the UN Declaration

Robert T. Coulter Commentary:

Declaration sets a new agenda for
US-Indian relations

The United States’ endorsement of the UN

Declaration marks the culmination of over

three decades of hard work by indigenous

peoples and other members of the international

human rights community… We can and should

use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous

Peoples as a powerful affirmation of our rights.

Only through continued use will the Declaration’s

provisions become our reality.

Read the full statement more

Reactions from other Indian and community leaders:

The work is not over

Listen to Susan Masten video clip

This endorsement is a critical first step towards addressing difficult

issues such as violence against Native women, land law reform and

protecting the environment. It is a first step to respecting land and water

rights, and protecting sacred sites. It also provides guidance to global

entities like multilateral development banks, which fund development

projects around the world that directly and often negatively impact

indigenous communities.

More from the Center’s Board of Directors
And other Indian leaders

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