Indigenous Notes, Issue 1 2015

President's Message: Thank you for your continued support

The Center helped achieve major victories in 2014 and we are poised for even greater success in 2015.  We invite you to visit our 2014 annual report to learn more about the Center's work around the world and how to get involved. (More ...)

Indigenous Caucus withdraws from negotiations on the American Declaration

Photo courtesy, Vera Narvaez-Lanuza

May 15, 2015, the Indigenous Caucus of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas withdrew from the 18th session of the negotiations on the draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Negotiations hit a stalemate when a few OAS states introduced text for the American Declaration that would have reduced rights already recognized in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (More ...)

UN Secretary-General Working on Recommendations to Benefit Indigenous Peoples

The clock is ticking for UN leaders to develop a system-wide action plan to fulfill the mandates outlined in the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples outcome document. (More ...)

Guatemala: Agua Caliente case moves forward

In February 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights transferred Agua Caliente’s petition to Guatemala, formally launching the first phase of the procedure. (More ...)


Supporting Native Women in Alaska

The Safe Women, Strong Nations project is committed to addressing the situation in Alaska, where Native women endure some of the highest rates of sexual assault and domestic violence in the nation.  One in two Alaska Native women will experience sexual or physical violence in her lifetime. (More ...)


Advocating for the Empowerment of Indigenous Women

In March, Center participated in the 59th Session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, which took place in New York. We submitted a joint statement with the National Congress of American Indians outlining why protecting indigenous women should be a priority when drafting future goals. (More ...)


Congratulations and Best Wishes Marilyn!



Marilyn Richardson retired from the Center this month after nearly 19 years of service. In addition to serving as the Executive Assistant to Robert Coulter, she worked closely with the development staff and the Center's board of directors. Marilyn was our gatekeeper of all things worth knowing, a force to be reckoned with. Her deep loyalty to the Center was palpable.
Indigenous peoples across the Americas – and around the world – are better off today than they were 19 years ago because of the contributions and commitment of Marilyn Richardson. Please consider a donation to the Center in honor of Marilyn and her many years of service.
We will miss Marilyn, but we wish her and her husband Victor the best as they take time to travel and spend more time with each other and with family and friends.