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March 21, 2011 -- Faleomavaega will go to Easter Island to assess recent developments between the Rapa Nui clans and the Chilean government.

Indigenous leaders from 25 countries met in Washington D.C. in January 2011 seeking consensus on a proposed legal framework to protect economic, cultural and political rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas.

February 8 -- Congressman Faleomavaega delivers a Special Order speech on the floor of the U.S. House Chamber calling for better treatment for the people of Easter Island.

February 7, 2011 -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted precautionary measures to immediately stop the violent use of armed forces against the Rapa Nui clans and to begin an investigation on recent events.

El domingo 6 de febrero, miembros del clan Hito de la Nación Rapa Nui fueron desalojados del Hotel Hanga Roa, ubicado en sus tierras ancestrales. El desalojo tomo lugar dos días antes de la formalización de 17 Rapa Nui por participar en el re-tomo de sus tierras. Según la vocera del clan Hito,...

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights grants protective measures to Rapa Nui; members of Hito clan arrested for occupying their ancestral lands.

February 4, 2011 -- U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka of (D-Hawaii) and Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa) sent letters to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing their concern over forced evictions being carried in Rapa Nui, also known...

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Commentary by Terri Henry | February 2, 2011 It was with great honor that my nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, hosted the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Ms. Rashida Manjoo.

Advocates hope the UN Rapporteur on Violence Against Women will hold the U.S. to higher standards

 A United Nations expert on women’s human rights is investigating why Native women face the highest rates of sexual and physical assault of any group in the United States.

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