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 20, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
- 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
- Jan 20, 2013 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
When indigenous nations ask that their knowledge, their territories, their way of life receive the respect that all humans expect they ask that other societies act as mature human organisms. For the better part of eight years, indigenous peoples’ representatives to international climate change talks aimed at forging a new treaty have called on states’… more
- Dec 20, 2012 by Rudolph C. Rÿser, Ph.D.
December 21, 2012 is marked in Mayan calendrical measurement as 126.96.36.199.0 or the end of the 26 thousand year Great Cycle. In the knowledge system of America’s original peoples this is a point of transition where for thirteen years before this point we know this as the period of life meeting at the point of… more