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Category: Human Rights

Sovereign Scotland and More

September 17, 2014

Scotland’s draft constitution begins with the words: “In Scotland, the people are sovereign.” The most basic decision a people can make is to exercise that sovereignty to govern themselves. On…

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WB Double Edged Sword?

September 5, 2014

The World Bank is currently reviewing a draft policy statement updating its “safeguard policies” for a proposed environmental and social framework. in 1982 the World Bank released its policy concerning…

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Fourth World Center Stage

August 15, 2014

If you have been reading the news online, viewing on the television or listening on the radio you may notice that Fourth World nations are at the center of major…

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Open Letter to Haudenosaunee

July 29, 2014

{This note was originally written to Kenneth Deer, a noted spokesman for  Haudenosaunee in international affairs. I have decided to share its content more widely today in English and Spanish}…

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States & Nations meet. The UN on the WCIP

June 9, 2014

Indigenous nations such as the Onondaga, Mohawk, Seneca and Oneida have expressed deep concerns about the way the United Nations member states will carry out the High Level Plenary Meeting…

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Rohingya Nation in Crisis

April 28, 2014

The government of Burma (Myanmar) joined 143 UN member states on 13 September 2007 approving without reservation all of the principals and mandates contained in the UN Declaration on the…

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Accountability and Indigenous Nations

March 21, 2014

Who Are the Political Representatives of Indigenous America? As the question of implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples looms on the political horizon; and the World…

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Ravaging Indigenous Territories and Peoples

February 6, 2014

After thirty years of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland and its final adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2007 one might think…

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Vocabulary of Indigenous Autonomy – Governance

January 1, 2014

The words we use to discuss the political future of indigenous nations is changing. A new discussion about indigenous nation governance is moving to the international table: UN Permanent Forum…

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Not Trusting the “Trustee”

December 19, 2013

Four-years after the US Secretary of the Department of the Interior established the Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform the five member panel issued its Final Report on…

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Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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