NCAI hails nomination of Keith Harper to UN ambassador job
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
The National Congress of American Indians
welcomed the nomination of Keith Harper
, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation
, to an ambassador-rank post.
President Barack Obama
nominated Harper as the United States Representative to the United
Nations Human Rights Council
If confirmed by the Senate
Harper will help address human rights issues around the world.
“Native peoples have conducted nation-to-nation diplomacy throughout the Americas for thousands of years. Upon confirmation, Keith Harper will join a small number of Native peoples who have been called upon to serve the United States as Ambassador," NCAI President Jefferson Keel said in a press release.
"Mr. Harper’s extensive legal experience, both in Indian law and beyond, will be an invaluable resource to the UN Human Rights Council. As a tribal citizen, Mr. Harper will serve the United States with a sense of both the terrible history of human rights abuses against Native peoples and the strength of Indigenous cultures that always seek justice for all peoples," Keel added.
Leader of Cherokee Nation hails nomination of
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