U.S. official position on accepting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Here is the United States position for your review on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP):

As I already blogged, the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand were the only countries in the United Nations General Assembly to vote against the DRIP in September 2007.

Australia and New Zealand adopted the DRIP in the past 2 years and Canada in the past few months said it will adopt it.

But I, at least, have not yet seen Canada’s official statement of adoption and what that might say and mean. Several Canadians are concerned that their federal government will “adopt” the DRIP without really adopting it.

In fact, in his statement announcing that the US would adopt it, President Obama used the “a” word and talked about the great “aspirations” of the DRIP. Indigenous peoples, and the folks that worked 30 years on the DRIP, certainly hope that concrete substantive effects will arise from the USA adopting the DRIP and not just lead to more “hopes” and “aspirations” for improving the lives and rights on Indigenous Peoples.

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