Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 9, 2017: Message to UNPFII Secretariat

802 N. 7TH Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006

August 9, 2017
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
 Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth
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Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous
Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD)
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
United Nations Secretariat (29th Floor)
405 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017 

Dear respected members of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:
Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine (Mali)
Mr. Jens Dahl (Denmark)
Mr. Jesus Guadalupe Fuentes Blanco (México)
Mr. Phoolman Chaudhary (Nepal)
Ms. Terri Henry (United States of America)
Mr. Brian Keane (United States of America)
Ms. Aisa Mukabenova (Russian Federation)
Ms. Anne Nuorgam (Finland)
Mr. Dmitrii Kharakka-Zaitsev  (Russian Federation)
Mr. Elifuraha Laltaika (United Republic of Tanzania)
Mr. Gervais Nzoa (Cameroon)
Mr. Les Malezer (Australia)
Ms. Lourdes Tibán Guala (Ecuador)
Mr. Seyed Moshen Emadi (Iran)
Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea (Peru) 

Good greetings,

Today upon celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples at the UN headquarters in New York, it was reassuring to hear that the call to move forward in partnership, collaboration, and in the Spirit of Human Rights and World Peace towards the realization of a UN Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was addressed during the formal proceedings.

May we extend our sincere appreciation for the delegation of representatives of the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples at the UN today who had the courage, clarity of vision, and Spirit of Self Determination as "Peoples, equal to all other Peoples..." in order to assure that the call for an International Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is not aborted by "doctrines of dominion" at the international level of the states, operation in systemic collusion to subvert and reduce our inherent collective Right of Self Determination as Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth to the remnants of the System Wide Action Plan of the High Level Plenary Meeting HLPM of the UN General Assembly held in September of 2014.

As then, we now again reiterate that we continue to DENY CONSENT that this High Level Plenary Meeting of the member states of the UN General Assembly should be legitimately titled as a World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

A principle reason for this position, beyond the obvious systemic violation of the right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent as expressed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the development of the HLPM 2014 is the lack of fundamental accountability in the proceedings that at a minimum would allow for the recognition, respect, and mechanisms of protection for the rights of full and equal participation of the Indigenous Peoples in the processes and the official reports which subsequently are integrated into the official archives of the UN system. 

The prohibition against racial discrimination is a peremptory norm. 

At this point, may we respectfully call upon the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the and the Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) on Indigenous Issues to communicate with the members of the UNPFII to address and correct the systemic racism under which the UNPFII Secretariat has normalized the practice of discriminatory censorship, by elimination of any reference to the call for a UN Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as has been presented on the floor of the UN General Assembly during the Sixteenth Session in New York (2017) and yet omitted from mention in the final report.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Tupac Enrique Acosta, Yaotachcauh

Tlahtokan Nahuacalli

Embassy of Indigenous Peoples
P0 BOX 24009 Phoenix, AZ 85074

Oren Lyons Address at the UN General Assembly

Address to the United Nations General Assembly
as the appointed speaker for the North American socio-cultural region at the
UN General Assembly high level meeting marking the 10th anniversary of the passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
UN Headquarters, New York
April 25, 2017


“Finally Chairperson, South Africa supports the call for a Convention with legally binding norms and standards for the maximum promotion, protection and fulfillment of the rights of indigenous peoples which will provide effective legal remedies and recourse.”