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
- Dec 19, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
- 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
- Nov 20, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
A funny thing happened five years after the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples–customary and constitutional indigenous governments decided to begin a new policy of international engagement. They began to do this after more than forty years absence from the international debate about Indigenous Rights begun in the… more
- Nov 9, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
The Center for World Indigenous Studies is deeply engaged in regional and global initiatives to advance the dialogue between indigenous nations and UN member states. We deem this an essential process to ensure that what will be a long and drawn out debate over implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will… more
- Aug 14, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
Much has been said and written about the parts of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that call for states’ governments to conduct relations with Indigenous peoples within a framework of “free, prior and informed consent.” The United States Government, after “endorsing” the declaration described the UN Declaration as “aspirational” and then… more