After thirty years of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland and its final adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2007 one might think that the world’s more tha 1.7 billion indigenous peoples (yes, that’s right. The UN figure of something like 370 million is a gross undercounting) in… more
- Feb 6, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
- Jan 1, 2014 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
The words we use to discuss the political future of indigenous nations is changing. A new discussion about indigenous nation governance is moving to the international table: UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. 2014 Discussions about the “situation of indigenous peoples” began at the UN Commission on Human… more
- Dec 24, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
As I wrote a hopeful post about the coming independence of South Sudan (population: 11,090,000) in February 2011 I warily pointed to soldiers from what became South Sudan who had fought against the South as members of the Sudanese Army, I worried about the decision to integrate these opposing soldiers into the South Sudanese Armed… more
- Dec 19, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
Four-years after the US Secretary of the Department of the Interior established the Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform the five member panel issued its Final Report on 10 December 2013. Commission members included Quinault President Fawn Sharp (Chair), Dr. Peterson Zah, First elected President of the Navajo Nation, Stacy Leech, Cherokee, Professor… more
- Nov 21, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
The Quinault Indian Nation hosted a UN Member States’ Reception on May 20, 2013 on the first day of the 12th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Now dubbed the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights). Quinault was joined by the Tlingit and Heida, Navajo and the Wampanoag as co-hosts. That quiet… more