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Open Letter to Haudenosaunee

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{This note was originally written to Kenneth Deer, a noted spokesman for  Haudenosaunee in international affairs. I have decided to share its content more widely today in English and Spanish} After more than forty years of “preliminaries” culminating in the state’s governments endorsing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples it would appear [&hellip... more →

States & Nations meet. The UN on the WCIP

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Indigenous nations such as the Onondaga, Mohawk, Seneca and Oneida have expressed deep concerns about the way the United Nations member states will carry out the High Level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly on 22 September dedicated to identifying “best practices for implementing” the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Committed [&hellip... more →

Rohingya Nation in Crisis

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The government of Burma (Myanmar) joined 143 UN member states on 13 September 2007 approving without reservation all of the principals and mandates contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Included in the mandates for endorsing states is that decisions by the state affecting the rights and interests of an indigenous [&hellip... more →

Accountability and Indigenous Nations

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Who Are the Political Representatives of Indigenous America? As the question of implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples looms on the political horizon; and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in its wobbly fashion rises for its faint moment in September Indigenous America is just waking to the significance of international [&hellip... more →

Ravaging Indigenous Territories and Peoples

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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 [&hellip... more →

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