Words Into Action: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Its Impact in the United States in 2014

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Update on the UN Declaration by Karla General of the Indian Law Resource Center:

Words Into Action
By Karla General*

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Its Impact in the United States in 2014

Four years ago, on December 16, 2010, when the United States issued its statement of support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it joined the world community in welcoming a new era of human rights.

For the first time in the history of international human rights, indigenous peoples were seen as equals, entitled to all the rights guaranteed to all other human beings. Today, we commemorate the battles fought and won by this and previous generations to secure a permanent place for indigenous peoples in the world community.

Affirming Rights

When President Obama announced the United States’ support of the UN Declaration, he said, “what matters far more…

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