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

SCIA Witness List with Links to Prepared Testimony

 Panel I

MR. DONALD “DEL” LAVERDURE, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

Panel II

MR. ROBERT T. COULTER, Executive Director, Indian Law Resource Center, Helena, MT

MR. JAMES ANAYA, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, United Nations, Tucson, AZ

MR. LINDSAY G. ROBERTSON, Professor of Law / Faculty Director of the American Indian Law and Policy Center  / Judge Haskell A. Holloman Professor / and Sam K. Viersen Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma

MR. RYAN RED CORN, Filmmaker / Member, 1491s, Pawhuska, OK

Panel III

THE HONORABLE FAWN SHARP, President, Quinault Indian Nation, Taholah, WA

MR. FRANK ETTAWAGESHIK, Executive Director, United Tribes of Michigan, Harbor Springs, MI

MR. DUANE YAZZIE, Chairperson, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, Window Rock, AZ

MS. MELANIE KNIGHT, Secretary of State, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK

Senate hearing on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is opportunity to work for major changes in federal policy and law

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be holding an oversight hearing:

Setting the Standard: Domestic Policy Implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.



June 9, 20112:15 pm (EST)

Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628

Washington, D.C



The hearing will be webcast live at resources about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples visit

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State Dept. Seeking Comments on Review of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


The Department of State has created a new website to enable public input during the U.S. review of its position on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On April 20, 2010, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice announced at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that the United States has decided to review the U.S. position on the Declaration.

The Administration recognizes that, for many around the world, this Declaration provides a framework for addressing indigenous issues. During President Obama’s first year in office, tribal leaders and interested non-governmental organizations (NGOs) encouraged the United States to reexamine its position on the Declaration – an important recommendation that directly complements our commitment to work together with the international community on the many challenges that indigenous peoples face.

As part of the U.S. government’s review, the U.S. Department of State, together with other Federal agencies, will be hosting consultations with federally-recognized tribes and dialogues with interested NGOs and other stakeholders. The consultation and meeting schedules will be listed on the website located at Tribal leaders, NGOs, and others are encouraged to contribute to the review by emailing us at, or by submitting comments via mail to the Department of State at: S/SR Global Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street N.W., Suite 1317, Washington, D.C. 20520.

Written comments are requested by July 15, 2010 to ensure that they can be given due consideration in the review.

Lorie Graham on “A Right to Media” for Indigenous Peoples

Lorie Graham has posted “A Right to Media?” on SSRN. The paper is forthcoming from the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. The abstract:

Often we think about media as a tool for transmitting information. However, media also has the power to actually name and define issues. This is particularly true when mainstream media is reporting (or chooses not to report) on events that involve a marginalized or non-majority audience, as in the case of indigenous peoples. Recent scholarship from journalism and psychology explores the role media plays in shaping our view of “self” and “other.” This same scholarship explores how media coverage can shape intergroup relationships, silencing voices or promoting voices in the process of public deliberation. This latter issue might well take us into the realm of “civic or public journalism,” which involves a shift from journalism as information to journalism as a conversation. This paper does not seek to articulate the proper role of journalism in the reporting of news and information. Rather the focus of this article is to place media within the context of international human rights law: Is there a “right to media” under international law? And if so, what does that right entail? From there it may be possible to explore more fully the larger ethical question of the role of media in society.

This article explores each of these questions within the realm of international human rights law and in particular Indigenous Peoples’ rights under the recently adopted U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). There are two primary reasons for focusing on indigenous peoples. First, as Part II demonstrates the lives of indigenous peoples have been intimately shaped and impacted by mainstream media. Their stories offer up a rich framework for exploring more closely the ethical claims of the role of media in shaping our views of self and other. Second, the UNDRIP is one of the first international human rights instruments to articulate what this paper contends is a right to media. Continue reading