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Operation Lady Justice Launched; VAWA Reauthorization Remains Grounded
President Trump surprised tribal communities and advocates with Operation Lady Justice, an executive order establishing a federal task force on missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native people.
Child who died in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol was Maya Q'eqchi'
Center urges implementation of the American Declaration at first annual OAS Inter-American Forum on Indigenous Peoples
Protection against violence is a fundamental human right
Jessica Lenahan tells her story of domestic violence and how the Castle Rock Police Department in Colorado failed to protect her.
Silence Perpetuates Violence. Join us during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in thanking the countless survivors -- like Sheila Harjo -- who have the strength to stand up and say "no more."
World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Recommendations
Over 80 U.S. Indian nations and organizations banded together to call for strong, action-oriented outcomes from the 2014 UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. (More...) (Declaración En Español) UN photo
Center calls on U.S. Secretary of State for help
U.S. must send message that it will not tolerate human rights violations in Guatemala.
UPDATE: SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE REPLIES
President Obama signs VAWA Reauthorization into Law
Native women's advocates in the United States are praising lawmakers for passage of an inclusive, bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that will afford protection to all women and victims of violence. The bipartisan bill, S. 47, passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, and now by the House, 286 to 138, includes critical provisions to restore and strengthen tribal authority to protect Native women from violence in Indian country.
United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
Planning is already underway for the 2014 conference; now is the best time for Indian and Alaska Native Nations to get involved. (More) UN photo by Eskinder Debebe.
Strengthening the Inter-American Human Rights System
Statement of the Indian Law Resource Center 146 Period of Sessions of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (October 31, 2012)
Indigenous lands threatened in Ecuador
Ecuador plans to open indigenous territories to oil development while promoting its commitment on climate change. (More...)
Center secures protection for leaders in Guatemala case
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights grants precautionary measures in wake of violence against Agua Caliente community members
Center condemns violence in Totonicapan, Guatemala
Guatemala must not revisit its history of oppression and violence against indigenous peoples. (AP Photo)
To the Indigenous Woman...
Native women are murdered at 10 times the national rate; 1 out 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and 3 out of 5 physically assaulted. Even worse, 88% of the perpetrators are non-Indian and cannot be prosecuted by tribal governments. Stand and take action now to restore safety and justice for Native women. Do Something!
The Center Releases International Law Principles for REDD+
Devastating decision handed down in Timbisha case
Federal Court decision allows U.S. government to take millions from the Tribe. "This decision is devastating to the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe and fundamentally wrong," says Coulter.
VAWA's Tribal Provisions Better Protect Native Women Locally
Dianne Millich, a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Colorado, already knows better than anyone about the importance of the tribal provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, S. 1925, which was passed by the Senate with strong bipartisan support.
Indigenous Peoples Press for an OAS American Declaration
Indigenous leaders and state representatives left the recent 14th round of negotiations on the draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with a sense of both frustration and urgency.
VAWA Reauthorization, S.1925, Passes Senate
Senate passes S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, by a 68-31 vote; tribal provisions remain intact
NCAI President calls for UN Declaration Implementation
Jan. 26, 2012 | NCAI President Jefferson Keel calls for the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in his State of Indian Nations address
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.
IACHR Decision Brings Hope to Native Women
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says U.S. violated its obligations under international human rights laws.
Maya Q’eqchi’ seek help to gain justice in Guatemala
World Bank Considers Consolidating Safeguard Policies
Will your tax dollars be contributing to the demise of the world's indigenous communities? Get Informed!
2010 Annual Report
UN General Assembly Recognizes Right to a Healthy Environment
July 28, 2022 -- The United Nations General Assembly made an historic, groundbreaking move, declaring that everyone on this planet has the right to a healthy environment.
A Proclamation on Missing Or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day
President Biden proclaimed May 5, 2022, as Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day calling on all Americans and asking “all levels of government to support Tribal governments and Tribal communities’ efforts to increase awareness of the issue of missing or murdered Indigenous persons through appropriate programs and activities” and to “commit to working with tribal Nations and communities to achieve j
Join us May 4: Using International Law to Respond to VAIW and the MMIWG Crisis
As part of the 2022 National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, our webinar will discuss the international legal frameworks applicable to MMIW and other forms of violence committed against Indigenous women. We will also discuss the work that Native women, Tribes, and organizations are engaging in and offer information about how you can get involved in these efforts.
Join us March 22: Climate Change and Indigenous Women’s Rights: Brazil, Guatemala, and the U.S.
Indigenous women will discuss how climate change may increase and fuel violence against them, and the strategies they are pursuing to restore safety in their communities.