your internet resource on facebook on twitter on Google+ on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Native American Bank - Native people investing in Native communities
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Former ambassador Keith Harper returns to Washington after United Nations stint

Filed Under: National | Politics | World
More on: dc, donald trump, keith harper, law firms, state, un

Former U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper, left, with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II at the United Nations. Photo: U.S. Mission in Geneva

Indian Country's representative to the world has returned to Washington, D.C., after a stint at the United Nations.

Keith Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, stepped down as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council on January 18. A flag ceremony was held at the State Department that day to mark the formal conclusion of his service.

“I was humbled and feel distinctly privileged to serve this great nation and President Obama while representing the U.S. at the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote the protection of all human rights around the globe,” Harper said on Thursday as he announced he was rejoining the Kilpatrick Townsend law and lobbying firm, where he worked prior to his diplomatic service.

In addition to getting back into the private sector, Harper has been active on Twitter, sharing his views on foreign policy, international developments and, yes, Republican President Donald Trump. Although he planned to leave the ambassador's post no matter who won the November election, Harper was supportive of Democrat Hillary Clinton and has been extremely critical of the new occupant of the White House.

"Alienating allies, embracing antagonist like #Putin - this is just the first week," Harper said in a January 26 missive. Recent posts have focused on Trump's controversial ban on certain refugees and the president's stance on immigration.

Harper was the first member of a federally recognized tribe to serve in an ambassador-level post. During his time at the U.N., he welcomed tribal leaders like Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to Geneva, Switzerland, and placed a priority on addressing violence against indigenous women and girls.

“Our firm is proud of Keith’s service to the country as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council,” said Henry Walker, the chair of the Kilpatrick Townsend firm. “Before he was an ambassador, Keith helped build our prominent and growing Native American practice. We are excited to have him back as a partner in that practice after serving in such an important role for our nation.”

Harper is well known for his work on the Cobell trust fund lawsuit. As an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, he was part of the legal team that filed the lawsuit in June 1996. The Obama administration settled the case for $3.4 billion.

Related Stories:
Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe speaks at United Nations (09/20)
Ambassador Harper discusses violence against indigenous women (07/09)
Ambassador Harper thanks tribes for backing historic nomination (07/01)
Keith Harper: Eliminating violence against indigenous women (06/25)
Ambassador Harper discusses racism against Native peoples (06/19)
Ambassador Harper heads to United Nations for next session (06/05)
Tribes praise confirmation of Keith Harper to ambassador post (06/04)
Keith Harper clears first Senate vote for ambassador-rank job (06/03)
Washington Tribes: Confirm Keith Harper to ambassador post (06/02)
Louis Manuel: Senate set to make history in Keith Harper vote (06/02)
Bill John Baker: Keith Harper makes history for Cherokee Nation (05/30)
NCAI Presidents: Confirm Keith Harper to ambassador-rank job (05/29)
Senate to move forward with Keith Harper nomination to UN job (05/23)
Sen. Tester presses for confirmation of three Indian nominees (05/12)
Civil rights leaders press for confirmation of Keith Harper to UN job (03/31)
Tribes reiterate support for Keith Harper's historic nomination (03/11)
Women Leaders: Confirm Keith Harper to UN human rights post (03/07)
Gyasi Ross: Keith Harper makes history as nominee for UN post (03/04)
Women Leaders: Confirm Keith Harper for ambassador-rank job (02/28)
Jim Gray: Keith Harper ready to serve in UN human rights post (02/27)
Opinion: Confirm Keith Harper for UN human rights council job (02/25)
Senate panel approves Keith Harper nomination for UN post (02/05)
Obama resubmits Keith Harper nomination for UN council job (01/08)
Senate panel supports Keith Harper in ambassador-rank post (12/19)
Billy Frank: Keith Harper nomination historic for Indian Country (11/06)
Passamaquoddy Tribe: No dispute about Keith Harper's work (10/02)
Keith Harper faces hostile Sen. McCain at nomination hearing (09/25)
Keith Harper set for confirmation hearing to ambassador post (09/20)
Cherokee Nation Council backs Keith Harper for ambassador (07/17)

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (5/24)
Northwest tribes slam Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (5/24)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe finds one bright spot in Trump's budget (5/24)
Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports jury conviction of non-Indian offender (5/24)
YES! Magazine: Native birthing center maintains tribal traditions (5/24)
Peter d'Errico: Founding Fathers conspired to take land from tribes (5/24)
Eastern Cherokee chief questions fairness of impeachment hearing (5/24)
Another guilty plea in theft of gaming funds from Winnebago Tribe (5/24)
Tribes clear legislative hurdle in bid for new casino in Connecticut (5/24)
President Trump confirms Indian Country's worst fears with budget (5/23)
Office of Special Trustee pitches lower budget as 'taxpayer' savings (5/23)
Steven Newcomb: Monuments to white supremacy harm our people (5/23)
Two more spills of oil from Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota (5/23)
Native woman in skirt and sandals wins ultramarathon in Mexico (5/23)
Brothers from Huichol Tribe murdered as drug war rages in Mexico (5/23)
Iowa Tribe misses deadline again to launch internet poker project (5/23)
Mississippi Choctaw citizens request vote on $25M casino project (5/23)
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe must wait to restart work on casino (5/23)
Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (5/22)
Landowners on 2 reservations in Nebraska receive buy-back offers (5/22)
Human Rights Complaint: 'We are only letting the white people in' (5/22)
Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republicans (5/22)
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation school works hard to teach language (5/22)
Harlan McKosato: DNA tests can't reveal your unique tribal history (5/22)
Gyasi Ross: Fired FBI director made sure Peltier remained in prison (5/22)
Tiffany Midge: A response to winning the cultural appropriation prize (5/22)
André Cramblit: Treasure your aunties and uncles for their histories (5/22)
Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute (5/22)
Eastern Cherokee leaders open impeachment hearing against chief (5/22)
Top Interior pick contradicts Trump on 'race' and Indian programs (5/19)
Arne Vainio: Expressing gratitude for the people we have around us (5/19)
Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (5/19)
Quapaw Tribe secures EPA grant for cleanup of contaminated lands (5/19)
Steven Newcomb: The racist and toxic roots of federal Indian policy (5/19)
Indian Country braces for worst with Trump's planned budget cuts (5/18)
Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service (5/18)
Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (5/18)
Albert Bender: Police slaughter of Native people rages unabated (5/18)
Steve Russell: There's a downside to impeaching Donald Trump (5/18)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant goes on trial (5/18)
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe repays money to address federal audit (5/18)
House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (5/18)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.