President Obama announced the U.S. support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the December 16, 2010 Tribal Nations Consultation in Washingtong, D.C.

December 16, 2010 -- Listen to and read Indian leaders' reactions.


December 16, 2010

Today, the United States government at last officially endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and joined the international community in recognizing that American Indians and other indigenous peoples have a permanent right to exist as peoples,...

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December 10, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. --  The international community should be outraged by the human rights violations taking place on Rapa Nui Island, also known as "Easter Island," according to experts at the Indian Law Resource Center.


A long history of dispute over...

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Listen to radio interviews with Center staff on using international channels to help the Rapa Nui. 


The Center joined with many of our friends and partners in Washington, D.C.

The expansion of mining operations in the Andean Region of South America are threatening the very existence of several indigenous communities in Peru, Columbia and Bolivia. 

The Obama Administration has begun an extensive review of the UN Declaration, and although the Administration has not yet said whether adoption of the Declaration is imminent, we remain hopeful for an unqualified endorsement of the UN Declaration within the next few months.

Indian Law Resource Center staff are moving quickly to protect human rights and sacred sites of the Rapa Nui Nation, made up of approximately 36 clans living on "Easter Island." The Island is in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and is a special territory of Chile, annexed in 1888.