Statement issued by the Indian Law Resource Center and Métis National Council


* The OAS and OAS member states must respect indigenous human rights and adopt a
* strong American Declaration on the Rights of...

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President Obama has an opportunity to send the world a message about American justice.

A year ago, the international community at last officially recognized that indigenous peoples have a permanent right to exist as peoples, nations, cultures and societies when the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Sept.13, 2007.
Indian Country Today. BILLINGS, Mont. - ''Why didn't they vote for the basic rights of Indian people? What's up with that?'' Valerie Taliman asked, referring to the only four countries with sizable indigenous populations - Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States - that voted against... read more

September 13, 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in an historic vote.  The Declaration was adopted by a substantial majority of nation states, with 143 voting in favor, 4 against, and 11 abstaining.  The Declaration was forwarded to ...

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February 23, 2008 | Helena Independent Record article by Marga Lincoln

More than one in three Native American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes.

And 80 percent of the assaults will be committed by non-Indians.

These startling statistics, based on U.S....

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February 1, 2008
Delegation Asks United Nations to Intervene on Violence Against Native Women            

HELENA, Mont. - A delegation of experts will be attending the upcoming session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva in...

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John Lewis, long-time Board member of the Indian Law Resource Center, passed away at home in Manhattan on February 22, 2008.  His dedication to the Center, to Indian peoples, and to human rights in his life and legal work will long be remembered.  He was a dear friend.


During a meeting of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, Namibia sponsored a resolution asking for a delay in adoption of the declaration, saying it contradicted the national constitutions of a number of African countries.