Articles by Center Staff

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.

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.

U.S. Admits Violence Against Native Women is a Human Rights Issue

For the first time, the United States will participate in a Universal Periodic Report before the UN Human Rights Council.  The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process to review the human rights records of all 192 UN member-states every four years.  Its ultimate goal is to improve human rights conditions in every country and it is designed to prompt, support, and expand the promotion and protection of human rights on the ground.

Land Law Reform is Key to Finding Balance in Native Communities

A  few Indian nations have achieved  great wealth as a result of gaming enterprises, creating the impression that casinos can be a magic bullet for fixing the economic and social ills of Native communities.  But despite the  success of a few Indian nations, Indians continue to rank at the bottom of every indicator of social and economic well-being in America. 

The Center Responds to Potential Policies Impacting Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the private sector lending arm of the World Bank.  It has some of the greatest impacts on indigenous communities around the world because it funds numerous multi-national companies and private actors.  The IFC is reviewing its processes in regards to Sustainability Framework, including the Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability, Performance Standards, and the Policy of Disclosure of Information.


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