The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
In July 2010, First Nations Development Institute had sent an action alert encouraging everyone to send an e-letter to the White House in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We are pleased to share this news with you from Ambassador Susan E. Rice, who announced that the United States is in support of the Declaration.
Thank you to everyone who took action and participated in the e-letter campaign! There were countless individuals and organizations that have worked tirelessly over the years to make this happen. Please see Ambassador Rice’s statement below:
Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Announcement of U.S. Support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, NY (December 16, 2010)
Today, I join President Obama in underscoring the United States’ support for the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is a milestone in the international community’s efforts to identify and address the needs of Indigenous peoples around the world, to protect their ways of life and to help their communities to flourish.
After a thorough review, the United States is pleased to join more than 140 countries in support of this Declaration. As the President himself recently said, we believe that, “Together, we can advance the arc of human progress toward a more perfect Union and a more perfect world — one in which each human being lives with dignity, security, and equality.”
Let us continue to work tirelessly to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples here and around the world.
Please Click Here to view the detailed statement of U.S. support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. You may also read President Obama's remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference.
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