Skip to comments.Obama adopts U.N. manifesto on rights of indigenous peoples
Posted on 12/16/2010 6:42:50 PM PST by jazusamo
President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. would reverse the position of the Bush administration and become the last nation to drop its opposition to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Mr. Obama made the announcement to enthusiastic applause at the second White House Tribal Nations Conference, a gathering attended by representatives of the nation's 565 recognized American Indian tribes.
"The aspirations it affirms - including respect for the institutions and rich cultures of native peoples - are ones we must always seek to fulfill," Mr. Obama said at the conference, held at the Interior Department. "But I want to be clear: What matters far more than words - what matters far more than any resolution or declaration - are actions to match those words. And that's what this conference is about."
The nonbinding declaration recognizes the rights of indigenous peoples to self-determination, as well as their institutions, cultures and traditions, and prohibits discrimination against them. When the document was introduced in 2007, 143 countries voted to approve it, 11 abstained, and four - the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia - voted to oppose it.
John R. Bolton, a U.N. ambassador under President George W. Bush, called the announcement "exactly the kind of mushy, feel-good multilateralist gesture one would expect from President Obama."
Mr. Deer, who has been involved in the drafting and promotion of the declaration since 1987, said the Obama administration's decision to sign the document makes the declaration a "consensus document of the U.N.," lending it greater heft in international discussions and forums.
He dismissed the warnings of critics who say the document could be used to argue for massive land transfers back to North America's Indian tribes, but agreed that the declaration offers support for reparations.
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There are NO indigenous People here, they came from Mongolia or Europe.
What an arse!
Look out! Casinos everywhere...
My people came to America in 1729. I consider myself to be a native American. I WANT MY 2 DOLLARS!
I believe there’ll be a lot of Native Americans who won’t agree.
He he he,
You’re selling out way too cheap, I want $25.00.
“I believe therell be a lot of Native Americans who wont agree.”
They evolved here?? The tribes can do whatever,also all the free bees that these people get needs to stop.
“United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”
Does that qualify me for some type of shakedown payment?
This indigenous American has just about had it with the Johnny Come Latelys like BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA and that group of sexual deviants at the U.N. The time is just about here when Americans are going to have a “come to Jesus meeting” with these commie bass turds like Barry and the child rapists over at the U.N.
I agree but being realistic this fiasco will only strengthen their position for reparations of one kind or another.
“I agree but being realistic this fiasco will only strengthen their position for reparations of one kind or another.”
They get free money now my step father was Cherokee and my sister said something about all the programs they have.
He dismissed the warnings of critics who say the document could be used to argue for massive land transfers back to North America’s Indian tribes, but agreed that the declaration offers support for reparations.
This is an extremely dangerous move.
Oh, but wait, there’s more.
I can’t really put a definitive value on things that happened to other people in another time. So $2 is enough.
But I CAN look at the destruction of MY way of life NOW.
That freaking Kenyan in the White Hut had better start digging deep.
Woah, how about Hawaii?
GOD bless you and Merry Christmas. Except for the left-wing commicrats and the body of that infection... the rest of us are just Americans.
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