United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Tribes Lead the Efforts to Implement UN Declaration

by Robert T. Coulter - The Declaration contains more than 15 articles spelling out and protecting many aspects of tribal self-government and jurisdiction. Tribes are studying these detailed provisions, making strategies, and deciding what elements of the Declaration to implement first. The Declaration is a very useful guide for what changes are necessary, but it will take a strong, national campaign by tribes to get serious, concrete changes made.

Center again calls on UN Human Rights Council to take action to end violence against indigenous women and girls

Center staff attending the UN Human Rights Council’s 33rd session (September 13-September 30) in Geneva are again calling for concrete measures to address the epidemic of violence against indigenous women and girls around the world, including American Indian and Alaska Native women.

Oklahoma Tribes Learn About Engaging in the UN System

Indian nations have historically been international actors and a part of the world community of sovereign nations, and this is shown by their treaties with the United States and other nations. Today, tribes are seeking to rejoin the international community in order to protect their lands, sovereignty, and cultures, and to benefit their communities, according to experts who spoke at the “Indian Nations in the United Nations” workshop hosted by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the Indian Law Resource Center on April 22, 2016 in Shawnee, Okla.

Center calls for implementing and monitoring body for the UNDRIP

Executive Director, Robert T. Coulter, addressed the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today recommending the swift establishment of an implementing and monitoring body for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The statement makes a number of recommendations about this body, including specific proposals regarding its mandate, structure, and composition.

Words Into Action

Four years ago, on December 16, 2010, when the United States issued its statement of support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it joined the world community in welcoming a new era of human rights. 

WCIP Update

Preparations for the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples continue and the Center remains committed to supporting tribal nations and indigenous peoples to achieve lasting measures to improve the lives of indigenous peoples.

Briefing leaders on how to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

President Barack Obama announced the United States’ support for the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples in 2010.  Native nations now have the opportunity to use the Declaration as the basis for defining a new era of federal Indian policy. The Center is holding briefing sessions to give Native leaders and advocates an overview of the Declaration and to provide practical case studies on how it applies to Native nations today.

Using the Declaration to End Violence Against Native Women

by Jana Walker - Despite some strides in addressing violence against Native women, there is no doubt United States law falls far short of even the minimum human rights standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples.  Considering the United States’ trust responsibility to Indian nations, coupled with the standards in the Declaration, it is imperative that the U.S. act now to end the epidemic of violence against Native women.

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