Huy: NCAI President Presses Sec. State Kerry Re: UN American Indigenous Prisoners’ Rights Inquiry


Materials here:

April 18 2014 NCAI Letter to US State Dept re American Indigenous Prisoners Religious Freedom

June 5 2013 UN Special Rapporteur Inquiry to US State Dept re American Indigenous Prisoners Religious Freedoms

ASU Symposium on UN DRIP’s Impact of Federal Indian Policy

Can International Law Support Changes to Federal Indian Policy? Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Conference

April 19, 2013 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Great Hall, Armstrong Hall, 1100 S. McAllister Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85287

Agenda and registration online at: Register early!

Contact: Darlene Lester / / 480-965-7715

Sponsored by the Indian Legal Program and the Center for Law and Global Affairs at ASU

Keynote Speaker: S. James Anaya, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UN Human Rights Press Release: UN Experts Call for VAWA Reauthorization

USA: UN rights experts call on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

GENEVA (19 February 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, and on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, urged the United States Government to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Their call follows the recent approval by the US Senate of a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and strengthen VAWA.

“Since its enactment in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has played a crucial role in providing guidance to state and local level governments, and in facilitating their adequate responses to violence against women,” Ms. Manjoo said. “It has steadily expanded funding to address domestic violence and, with each reauthorization, it has included historically underserved groups.”

The new bill includes improvements with regard to the criminal justice system’s response to crimes including sexual assault and homicides resulting from domestic violence. It also foresees enhanced protections for Native American and Alaskan Native women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims, as well as immigrant victims and their children.

“Following my visit to the United States in 2011, I highlighted the positive legislative and policy measures undertaken by the US Government to fight violence against women, including the enactment and subsequent reauthorizations of the Violence Against Women Act, and the establishment of a dedicated office on violence against women at the highest level of the Executive,” the expert on violence against women said.

Likewise, Special Rapporteur Anaya expressed concern in his report following his visit to the United States in 2012 that numerous cases of violence against indigenous women are committed by non-indigenous individuals, many of whom are not subject to indigenous prosecutorial authority because of their non-indigenous status.

“Congress should act promptly to pass key reforms to the Violence Against Women Act that bolster indigenous tribes’ ability to prosecute cases involving violence against indigenous women,” emphasized the expert on the rights of indigenous peoples.

“We would like to reiterate the importance of reauthorizing VAWA in order to build upon its accomplishments and continue striving for more adequate responses from the authorities in providing protection to victims and ensuring accountability for perpetrators,” the UN Special Rapporteurs stressed.

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James Anaya at Colorado Law on Indigenous Peoples in the United States

From ICT.

An excerpt:

James Anaya, a United Nations fact-finder, has learned that vibrant Indian cultures are often invisible in the United States mainstream and that problems of Indians today seem trivial to U.S. citizens who tend to believe Natives and Native issues exist only in the distant past.

Another excerpt:

On a personal note that illustrated the here-and-now of Native concerns, Anaya said he’d received a letter from a 15-year-old student attending high school near the Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota) Reservation in South Dakota.

“Life here is very hand-to-mouth,” the student wrote. “I’m going to be honest with you—sometimes I don’t eat. I’ve never told anyone this before, not even my mom, but I don’t eat sometimes because I feel bad about making my mom buy food that I know is expensive.

“And you know what? Life is hard enough for my mom, so I will probably never tell her.”

Anaya gave the Thomson Visitor Lecture as part of the 2012-2013 Speaker Series of the American Indian Law Program.


Events at Other Indian Law Programs Around the Nation

Ok, so it’s two things, but they’re excellent.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples S. James Anaya will be visiting Colorado Law on January 24 (events calendar here).

And Arkansas Law just started a Tribal Food and Agriculture Initiative (press release here).

UN Indigenous Rights Special Rapporteur Calls for Dialogue with Canadian Aboriginal Rights Protesters


An excerpt:

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, urged the Government of Canada and Aboriginal leaders to undertake meaningful dialogue in light of First Nations protests and a month-long hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation.

“I am encouraged by reports that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to meet with First Nations Chiefs and leadership on 11 January 2013 to discuss issues related to Aboriginal and treaty rights as well as economic development,” Mr. Anaya said. “Both the Government of Canada and First Nations representatives must take full advantage of this opportunity to rebuild relationships in a true spirit of good faith and partnership.”

The announcement of the meeting followed weeks of protests carried out by Aboriginal leaders and activists within a movement referred to as ‘Idle no more.’ The movement has been punctuated by Chief Spence’s hunger strike that has been ongoing since 11 December 2012. “I would like to add my voice to the concern expressed by many over the health condition of Chief Spence, who I understand will be joining indigenous leaders at this week’s meeting,” the independent expert said.

The protests and hunger strike are carried in the context of complaints about aspects of the relationships between First Nations in Canada and the Government, including in the context of recent federal legislation and executive decisions affecting Aboriginal peoples.

“Dialogue between the Government and First Nations should proceed in accordance with the standards expressed in the UN Declaration* on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” the Special Rapporteur emphasized. Mr. Anaya recalled that the Government affirmed a “commitment to continue working in partnership with Aboriginal peoples and in accordance with a relationship based on good faith, partnership and mutual respect,” in its statement of support for the Declaration on 12 November 2010.

UCLA Conference Announcement: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the International Human Rights Framework

From Angela Riley:

Please Save the Date! Friday, January 22, 2010

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center

in conjunction with

The UCLA School of Law Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs

will present a one-day Symposium, tentatively titled:

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the International Human Rights Framework — A Comfortable Fit?

This Symposium will bring together internationally-renowned scholars whose work focuses on issues pertaining to indigenous peoples’ group rights, with a particular emphasis on potential conflicts that arise for collective, indigenous claims within the international human rights framework.

Confirmed Keynote:

Professor S. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and Professor of Law, Arizona Law School

Please be on the lookout for more information as the date approaches. We do hope you will join us!