Indian Nations in the United Nations - Taking Our Place in the World

A workshop and discussion for Oklahoma Indian nations hosted by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Today Indian nations are rejoining the global community as sovereign nations in order to protect our sovereignty, our resources, our cultures, and our people. Indian nations in Oklahoma are leaders in this development.

This high-level workshop will offer insights and information on what Indian nations need to know about these opportunities.

What is happening now in the United Nations that will affect Indian nations? How can your Nation become involved?

What is the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and how can we use it?


Lunch will be served, so reservations are required and can be made by emailing Jamie Moucka at



10:00 am     Welcome and Prayer

10:15 am     The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A first perspective from drafting to adoption (1977-2007)

10:30 am     What are the rights in the Declaration? What is the legal and practical effect?

11:00 am     ---------------------------------------------------------Break----------------------------------------------

11:15 am       How can Indian Nations participate in the United Nations? Why should your Nation participate?

12:30 pm     ---------------------------------------------------------Lunch---------------------------------------------

1:30 pm       Current activity in the UN that could affect your Nation

  • Making a permanent place for tribal governments in the UN
  • Creating a UN body to implement and monitor compliance with the Declaration
  • Combating violence against Indigenous women

2:30 pm        Participating in the work on the UN to address our issues: Repatriation; Climate change; Violence against women; Reviewing
                       United States actions

2:45 pm       ----------------------------------------------------------Break----------------------------------------------

3:00 pm       How can you get involved now? Getting started:

  • Where to get information and advice
  • Using the Declaration at home

4:00 pm        ---------------------------------------------------------Adjourn--------------------------------------------

Speakers (invited)

Chairman John "Rocky" Barrett
Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Robert T. Coulter
Executive Director, Indian Law Resource Center

Lindsay Earls
Cherokee Nation

Karla E. General
Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center

Terri Henry
Former Chairwoman, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel
Chickasaw Nation

Chief Darwin Hill
Tonawanda Seneca Nation

Armstrong A. Wiggins
Director, Washington Office of the Indian Law Resource Center

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