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Ravaging Indigenous Territories and Peoples

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 →

Vocabulary of Indigenous Autonomy – Governance

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 [&hellip... more →

Not Trusting the “Trustee”

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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 [&hellip... more →

CWIS and the Global Rights debate

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 [&hellip... more →

Customary & Constitution Indigenous Government

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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 [&hellip... more →

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