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UNITED NATIONS DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

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HONORING THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

More than five centuries after Christopher Columbus first arrived on Indigenous shores, basic human rights for American Indians and the worlds’ Indigenous Peoples were at last recognized. On Thursday, 13 September 2007, The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, after undergoing a longer period of debate than any other human rights instrument.

“Honoring the world’s Indigenous Peoples is about respecting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”  – Robby Romero, NCS Founder

Day Of The World’s Indigenous Peoples

ONONDAGA FATHKEEPER CHIEF OREN LYONS ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

UNTIED NATIONS – NEW YORK CITY

Hundreds of Native Americans and their allies arrive in New York City today after paddling more than a hundred miles down the Hudson River to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first treaty between Native Americans and the Europeans who traveled here. The event is part of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, first proclaimed by the United Nations 20 years ago. We speak with Oren Lyons, faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation who helped establish the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in 1982. “We’re concerned about the future, we’re concerned about the Earth — seven generations hence — and the conduct of people,” Oren says. “We wonder, how do you instruct seven billion people as to the relationship to the Earth? Because unless they understand that, and relate the way they should be, the future is pretty dim for the human species.” We are also joined by one of their supporters, Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer, banjo player, storyteller, and activist; and by Andy Mager, project coordinator for the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign and a member of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation.

A DAILY INDEPENDENT GLOBAL NEWS HOUR  with Amy Goodman & Juan González

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES 9 AUGUST 2013

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Tadodaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation,

(photo: UN/Rick Bajornas)

UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS

A special event at UN Headquarters in New York will be held on Friday, 9 August, starting at 3pm, featuring the UN Secretary-General, the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, a delegate of Panama, a representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rig and an Indigenous representative.

The event will be webcast live at  webtv.un.org.

Also on 9 August, hundreds of Indigenous and non-indigenous rowers are scheduled to arrive at Pier 96 at 57th Street in Manhattan at 10am, after having collectively travelled thousands of miles on rivers and horsebacks to honour the first treaty -– the Two Row Wampum -– concluded between Dutch immigrants and the Haudenosaunee (a confederacy of six nations, with capital in the Onondaga nation, in NY State) 400 years ago, in 1613. They will gather with members of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 1:30pm.