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November 25, 2014
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Protecting Reproductive Health and Combating Environmental Violence

In This Issue / Contenido de este ejemplar

* 40th Anniversary Treaty Conference reiterates IITC’s Commitment to Environmental and Reproductive Health 

* 2nd International Corn Conference 

* UN Committee Elimination of Racial Discrimination Supports the Call for US Compliance

* Mercury Contamination and Indigenous Peoples: The Gold Rush and Beyond

* Support our work / Apoyen nuestro trabajo

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40th Anniversary Treaty Conference reiterates IITC’s Commitment to Environmental and Reproductive Health

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The 40th Anniversary Treaty Conference took place in Okemah, Oklahoma USA from September 10-12, 2014. Over 350 delegates from North, Central, South America, the Arctic, Pacific and Caribbean  adopted 10 resolutions by consensus which included a strong commitment to defend the reproductive health of Indigenous women, girls and future generations which is being negatively impacted by environmental contamination resulting from toxic pesticides, extractive industries, mega pipelines and extreme energy development.

The resolution reiterates the call by the 13th session of the United Nations (UN) Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues this year for a legal review of UN Chemical Conventions, in particular the Rotterdam Convention, to ensure that they are in conformity with international human rights standards including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Convention on the Rights of Peoples with Disabilities.

Visit the link below for a full listing of Resolutions from the 40th Anniversary Conference. 

2nd International Corn Conference 

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The 2nd Indigenous Peoples Corn Conference was held September 8-9, 2014, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The gathering brought together Indigenous traditional farmers, knowledge holders, food sovereignty activists, Tribal leaders, youth and elders together to share information, seeds, traditional knowledge and strategies to defend corn and other traditional foods vital to our ways of life as Indigenous Peoples. The conference followed up on the success of the 1st International Indigenous Peoples Corn Conference in Oaxaca, Mexico, in September 2012.

UN Committee Elimination of Racial Discrimination Supports the Call for US Compliance

On August 29th, 2014, the 85th session of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) issued its Concluding Observations on the United States (US) compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

The IITC joined with other organizations in submitting a report on the devastating impacts on reproductive health caused by the US manufacture and export of pesticides it bans for use in its own country.  Other IITC reports to CERD addressed US failure to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, failure to protect sacred sites and areas, violations of the rights of Indigenous prisoners and Leonard Peltier, historic and current removal of Indigenous children, and decolonization.   
The CERD’s recommendations addressed several environmental and reproductive health issues such as clean-up of radioactive and toxic dumpsites and a strong call upon the US to take appropriate measures to prevent the activities of transnational corporations which have adverse effects on the enjoyment of human rights by Indigenous Peoples, and to hold violators accountable. 

Mercury Contamination and Indigenous Peoples: The Gold Rush and Beyond

The Indigenous Women’s Environmental and Reproductive Health Initiative continues to respond to severe effects of mercury, pesticides and other environmental toxics on their own reproductive health, the health of their children and future generations. Along with gold mining and coal-fired power plants, dental amalgam fillings, erroneously called “silver fillings”, are among the greatest sources of mercury contamination and are also disproportionately used on Native Americans. Make sure that you are afforded your right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

California Indians are doubly impacted by mercury due to disproportionate use of mercury-based dental fillings and ongoing mercury contamination that is a legacy of the Gold Rush. The IITC and partners are planning a community event to be held in the Bay Area scheduled for January 24th, 2015, the official anniversary of the start of the Gold Rush, at The Women's Building, 3543 18th St., San Francisco, CA.  This event will highlight the continued impacts the gold rush on Indigenous Peoples in California and the current threats.  It will include a panel discussion on current strategies and how you can become involved, as well as a showing of the award winning documentary about the impacts of the Gold Rush California Indians, ‘Gold, Greed & Genocide’.  

Support our work / Apoyen nuestro trabajo

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IITC does not receive any state or federal funding for our work. Instead we are supported by the foundation grants and the generous support of private donors, friends and allies. Please consider contributing to support the work of IITC. Whether it be planned giving or a one time donation, any amount helps. IITC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations and all donations are tax-deductible. 
For more information on supporting our organization, please contact Andrea Carmen, Executive Director at or (907) 745-4482. You can also donate directly through PayPal

CITI no recibe recurso alguno de los Gobiernos estatales o federales. Dependemos exclusivamente de fundaciones y del apoyo generoso de donantes individuales, amigos y aliados para sustentar nuestro trabajo. Por favor, considere la posibilidad de contribuir económicamente al trabajo de CITI, ya sea mediante un apoyo permanente, o haciendo una donación única. Toda donación, por pequeña que sea, nos ayuda. CITI es una organización sin fines de lucro de acuerdo con el artículo 501, fracción c, inciso 3 del Código Estadounidense. Toda sus donaciones son deducibles de los impuestos en los EE.UU.

Para más información acerca de cómo pueden apoyarnos, por favor comuníquese con nuestra Directora Ejecutiva, Andrea Carmen, al ó (907) 745-4482.
The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) is an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.

El Consejo Internacional de Tratados Indios (CITI) es una organización de Pueblos Indígenas del Sur, Centro y Norteamérica, el Caribe y el Pacífico, que trabaja por la soberanía y la libre determinación de los Pueblos Indígenas, así como el reconocimiento y protección de los derechos indígenas, tratados, culturas tradicionales y tierras sagradas.

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