Indigenous Rights: A Hemispheric Forum Ten Years After the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007-2017)

Location: Texas Union Quadrangle Room (3.304)

In September 2007 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration was the result of 25 years of discussion that included a wide range of participants. It has become an important tool for Indigenous Peoples in the struggles against deployment of extractivism and new forms of colonialism. The declaration has also served as an important point of reference for the extraordinary movement of Indigenous resurgence in the Americas and worldwide. In light of these historical processes, on Friday, October 13th, the Program in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at The University of Texas at Austin will hold a hemispheric dialogue on the significance, possibilities, and limitations of the declaration from the point of view of Native peoples.

In this forum, we plan to feature presentations by three high-profile indigenous leaders who have played an internationally and locally influential role in the struggles and advancement of Indigenous Self-Determination in Turtle Island (North America) and Abya Yala (Latin America):

LaDonna Harris (Comanche Nation, United States)

Pamela Palmater (Mi’kmaw, Canada)

David Choquehuanca (Aymara People, Bolivia)

The event will end with a NAIS community gratitude dinner, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, to which all the attendees are invited.


Organized by Native American & Indigenous Studies and co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), the Department of English, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Department of Linguistics, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Department of History, the Humanities Institute, the Department of Leadership and Educational Policy, the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Department of American Studies.

Event series: Symposia & Conferences