The Yurok Tribe made history this week, becoming the first Indian nation in the U.S. to receive the prestigious Equator Prize from the United Nations.
'What we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves. If any strand of the web is broken, the whole web is affected,' the Lummi Nation stated.
Tribal advocates are seeking a World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water as they fight the Keystone XL Pipeline.
'By helping young farmers gain access to land, everyone can help play a role.'
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report included interviews with Indigenous populations as a key source.
Mexico alone has nearly five times the number of people of Native ancestry than the U.S. and Canada combined.
Agriculture is big business in Indian Country. So is construction. Both are impacted by Trump's trade war.
Is Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about to say sayonara to Indian Country?
The Blackfeet Nation is an innovator in indigenous planning efforts.
A top United Nations official is finding commonalities among indigenous struggles throughout the Americas.
Bears Ears is at the center of a critical discussion around Indigenous rights and protection of sacred sites and traditional uses in the United States.
In Canada, a 13-year-old indigenous girl has made the fight for clean water her life’s mission.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is more rightly described as a document imposed on dominated peoples, Steven Newcomb writes.
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was the culmination of decades of work by indigenous peoples to secure a permanent presence before the United Nations.
Keith Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was the first member of a federally recognized tribe to serve in an ambassador-level post.
Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under consideration to run the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chair Harold Frazier asked U.N. Peacekeeping Operations to deploy to treaty territory to shield activists defending Missouri River water from construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
As I've watched this country react to our people's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline the relative silence from South Dakota's congressional delegation speaks volumes to their opinions of Indian Country.
After calls for lawmakers in the United States to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, the President of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took his position to the United Nations last week.
Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier has repeatedly used Facebook to accuse #NoDAPL resisters of crimes but insists his task force won't be biased against anyone.
Chairman Dave Archambault II is bringing the #NoDAPL movement to the international stage.
Our nations now live with a 'post-invasion' claim of a right of domination
Canada was one of four governments -- a list that included the United States -- that voted against the declaration in September 2007.
In a few weeks, we will know whether the U.N. Permanent Forum has forgotten about the Doctrine of Christian Discovery altogether.
I doubt that we will ever know if the Holy See truly believes its own bull about the Inter Caetera papal bull.
Indigenous activists were among the most critical of the U.N. accord reached at the Paris Climate Summit, although the official framers of the agreement gave them and other grassroots stakeholders credit for pressure resulting in a treaty binding on 190 nations.
What if we could vote on the choices ahead? What if climate change (and the alternative courses) could be presented on a ballot?
We need a lot of de-colonizing of our thinking, our perceptions, our relations and our actions leading to the re-assertion of Indigenous nations and civilizations.
Both Canada and the U.S. have made moves to diminish the international concept of self-determination in its application to Indigenous nations and peoples.
As many Indigenous territories throughout North America once again enter the settler imposed election cycles it might be a good time to revisit the meaning of democracy as we understand it.
Ambassador Keith Harper and former White House aide Jodi Gillette participate in a discussion at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Nowhere in the text of the UNDRIP is the counter-argument made that nations and peoples called 'indigenous' have not been successfully conquered, but instead have been wrongfully forced to exist for centuries under unjust forms of domination.
For the dominant power in the Canadian government, the notion that it must obtain 'free and informed consent' from anyone—let alone from Aboriginal Peoples—is heresy.
The United States is working to incorporate into the United Nations’ system-wide action plan, the U.S. federal Indian law and policy system of 'subjection.'
Colonialism is a trickster because it gives a way of life, but at the same time takes away a way of life.
It's not clear who is behind the account or whether it is linked to the Republican candidate's campaign.
Language from the National Security Council’s memorandum explains the basis for the U.S.’s 2010 position on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples issued by the Department of State.
What is typically called decolonization is partly a mental process which involves becoming highly conscious of the way in which dominating colonizers have used their language and their meanings to dominate us.
Frichner dedicated her life to the protection of indigenous rights.
If the high-level meeting were really a 'World Conference on Indigenous Peoples,' it would have—at a minimum—discussed the Doctrine of Discovery.
One of the most significant aspects of the four-year long WCIP preparations was the eventual participation of indigenous governments.
For the first time in the history of international human rights, indigenous peoples were seen as equals, entitled to all the rights guaranteed to all other human beings.
The U.S.’s goal is to use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to reinforce the existing and dominating U.S. federal Indian law system.
The debate over the meaning and significance of the outcome document for the United Nations high level plenary meeting is not going to end anytime soon.
Discussing the ongoing struggle for the rights of indigenous people.
The Declaration provides provisions to help process indigenous land claims, and it gives major emphasis to seeking justice and improving protection for indigenous rights.
Elected Indian leaders and their experts have not truly understood the subtlety of language and its reality-constructing nature.
Exploring the fight for self-determination for the original nations and peoples.
The chairman of the Center for World Indigenous Studies praises tribal governments that participated in the recent World Conference on Indigenous.
Exploring different perspectives on self-determination and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
American Indian Movement activist questions the naming of an official from China who will handle future developments from the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
A response to Glenn Morris regarding the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Responding to Duane Champagne on the issue of indigenous self-determination.
Addressing problems with the recent World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Analyzing the interpretation of 'indigenous peoples' at the United Nations.
It was an honor to represent the Central Council of Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Steven Newcomb explains the problems with the outcome document adopted during the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Rudolph Ryser explores the next steps after the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker of the Center for World Indigenous Studies says tribes should take the lead on climate change policy.