5 Steps to Help Tribes Engage with the United Nations

One of the largest tribes in the United States recently asked me how to get involved at the United Nations.  Like many tribes, they are interested in taking their place in the World community and working to protect indigenous rights in this country and globally. Their question was: How do we get started? 

Here are some concrete steps:

It is important that Indian nations be involved in UN activities to protect out rights and interests as nations and tribes, particularly with the climate of hostile and unsympathetic domestic courts and agencies.  The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples provides a critical opportunity to achieve effective and lasting action by the UN system that can seriously improve how Indian nations and other indigenous peoples are treated by the countries of the world.  


Robert T. Coulter