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Official announcement for UN declaration on indigenous rights (12/17)
The State Department has released the official announcement regarding the U.S. support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The U.S. voted against the declaration during the Bush administration. But President Barack Obama decided to review...

CNC: Tribes applaud backing for indigenous rights declaration (12/17)
"Tribal leaders are hailing the announcement by President Barack Obama that the United States will sign a United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. Reporter Sara Sciammaco has more on what the move, which leaders say is long...

Robert Coulter: Obama sets new agenda for US-Indian relations (12/16)
"Today, the United States government at last officially endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and joined the international community in recognizing that American Indians and other indigenous peoples have a permanent right to exist as peoples,...

Kenneth Deer: Canada eats crow on indigenous rights declaration (11/24)
"Canada’s flip flop on its position on the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples must be embarrassing to the government. We have to remember that Canada is the only country to vote against the Declaration twice, once at...

Opinion: Why Canadian government flipped on indigenous rights (11/15)
"The Stephen Harper government has been no friend to aboriginal people in this country. Soon after taking power in 2006, Harper cancelled the Kelowna Accord, which was a $5.1-billion plan to improve aboriginal health care, education, and housing. This was...

State Department response to United Nations human rights council (11/09)
The State Department has provided a response to the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Obama administration said its goals fit in with many of the recommendations. The response points to the passage of the Indian Health...

Color Lines: US not accountable for rights of indigenous people (10/28)
"Well before America was known as the land of plenty, it was a land of plunder. About four centuries after the first colonial encounter set off a wave of destruction, the continent’s displaced indigenous communities are still looking for home....

Navajo Nation responds to State Department on human rights (10/19)
The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission says the U.S. government is failing to live up to its promises to indigenous people. The commission said the government recognizes tribal sovereignty. But a report says the government has a poor record when...

CNC: Tribes press Obama to back indigenous rights declaration (10/18)
"The United States is one of only a handful of countries that voted against the UN Declaration back in 2007. The process of giving the issue another look under President Barack Obama has involved a series of meetings with Indian...

Suzanne Jasper: U.S. voted against indigenous rights resolution (09/28)
"Recently the government of the United States fulfilled a duty as a member of the United Nations to issue a report of the human rights situation in this country, as part of the Universal Periodic Review. The report will be...

CNC: State Department holds consultation on indigenous rights (07/12)
"Back in 2007, the United States was one of just four countries that voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. That move disappointed a lot of Native Americans – those who think the declaration would...

State Department schedules consultation on indigenous rights (06/29)
The Department of State will hold another tribal consultation to discuss the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will take place at 1pm on July 7 at the department's building in Washington, D.C. Tribal members can participate...

State Department plans consultation over indigenous rights (06/04)
The Department of State plans to consult tribes about the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The department will hold meetings with tribes but the schedule has not been announced. Written comments are being accepted until July 15. The...

VOA News: Indigenous people see themselves in 'Avatar' (04/27)
"An Australian aboriginal instrument called a "didgeridoo" began a special screening of "Avatar" for indigenous leaders from around the world. The event coincided with the 9th Session of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. James...

Secretary Salazar issues statement on indigenous rights (04/23)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released a statement today in response to the Obama administration's decision to review the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United States was one of four nations that voted against the declaration in November...

Peter d’Errico: Equal footing for indigenous people at UN (04/23)
"The Ninth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opened in New York April 19 with remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Indigenous peoples often live in the most isolated places on earth – from the Arctic...

Obama reviews stance on indigenous rights declaration (04/20)
President Barack Obama is reviewing the federal government's stance on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United States was one of four nations that voted against the declaration in November 2007. Australia and New Zealand have changed...

Group aims to take disenrollment issues to United Nations (04/01)
The American Indian Rights and Resources Organization is hosting two meetings in California to discuss disenrollment issues. The April 17 meeting in Sacramento and the April 24 meeting in Temecula will be used to gather information from people who have...

NAIHC to host briefing with UN special rapporteur (11/04)
The National American Indian Housing Council is hosting a special briefing on the housing conditions in Indian Country for Raquel Rolnik, who serves as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. Rolnik has visited...

Robert Coulter: A fresh start on indigenous rights (10/21)
"When President Obama meets with Indian and Alaska Native leaders Nov. 5, he should announce that he will embrace the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and work to adopt an American Declaration on the human rights...

Opinion: Native people should join mainstream (09/29)
"Back in the Middle Ages it was assumed that the earth was flat or the sun revolved around the earth, - which is to say, as Copernicus later demonstrated, that the consensus on “the facts” can be wrong no matter...

Australia changes stance on indigenous rights (05/26)
The government of Australia has reversed its position on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia was one of four nations that opposed the declaration. But new leaders changed their stance last month. "We show our respect for...