Chief Bill John Baker praised the nomination of Keith
to an ambassador-rank post.
on Monday nominated Harper as the United States Representative to
the United Nations Human Rights Council
“I couldn’t be prouder to have a citizen rise to that level of honor,” Chief Baker told The Washington Post.
The leader of the Navajo Nation
also welcomed the news. "His work on key cases such as the Cobell litigation and settlement underscores his committment toward ensuring that the human rights of all are promoted and protected," President Ben Shelly said of Harper.
If confirmed by the Senate
, Harper would be the first member of a federally recognized tribe in an ambassador post.
Chris Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya who was killed in an attack on September 11, 2012
, was a member of the Chinook Nation
, a non-recognized tribe.
Harper is most well-known for working on the Cobell trust fund lawsuit
since its inception in 1996.
He started off at the Native American
and joined the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton firm before a
settlement was announced in December 2009.
The United Nations Human Rights Council addresses human rights issues
around the world. Prior U.S. representatives have included Eleanor Roosevelt and
Geraldine Ferraro, according
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