So much for "consultation" with Indian tribes

The Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation (not to be confused with the federal United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) is putting on a conference on the future of the Great Lakes.

Regrettably, and sadly, the conference agenda does not include any Indians (as far as I can tell) or the official participation of any Indian nations and governments.

The purpose of the conference would seem to mandate the inclusion of native peoples and governments from Canada and the United States.

“A program examining the legal and policy issues facing the Great Lakes with 15 prestigious faculty from both the United States and Canada to present a binational perspective on the issues addressed.”

How about presenting a TRI-national perspective and including native governments?

I am currently researching and writing about the United States obligation to consult with Indian tribal governments and communities for any actions the US is considering undertaking that might impact Indians.

I will be comparing that U.S. duty of consultation with the much higher obligation imposed on nation/states under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting” measures that impact Indigenous Peoples.  See, for example, Declaration Articles 10, 11, 19. 29.

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2 Responses to So much for "consultation" with Indian tribes

  1. I couldn’t agree more.
    All too often world wide, governments try to ignore what should be mandatory in such situations and the US is no exception.
    Countries such as Australia and new Zealand which have large indigineous populations are all too fond of brushing the native’s opinions under the rug or fail to exercise the policies which are promised to the true natives who technically should have more say in what transpires to effect the natural enviroment of what was considered theirs alone.
    I’ll be interested in reading about the results of your research.

  2. It seems such a pity and almost criminal that world governments get away with ignoring the native populace in so many instances.
    I salute you and anyone else who makes an effort to have the opinions of the indigenous populations heard and taken into consideration when making decisions on matters of environment and ecology where they themselves are often the most effected!

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