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November 22, 2013
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Please join us Nov. 28 for the annual Indigenous Peoples' Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island. The event is an opportunity to offer thanks for our lives, our Peoples and ways of life and the gifts we continue to receive from our sacred Mother Earth. See "Events" for more info.

In This Issue / Contenido de este ejemplar

IITC delegates among hundreds attending the World Conference of Indigenous Women in Peru
US ratifies Mercury Treaty, Tribal Leaders express support for implementation
- US County Review by the UN Human Rights Committee postponed until Mar. 13 – 14, 2014, Updates due Feb. 14, 2014
Lenny Foster (Diné) named US Human Rights Movement Builder
“Corn is Life” Gathering participants declare Diné Nation GMO and Pesticide-free zone 
Support our work / Apoyen nuestro trabajo

Upcoming Events & Training

Nov. 28 - Indigenous People's Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering, Alcatraz Island. Please join us in offering thanks for our lives, our Peoples and ways of life and the gifts we continue to receive from our sacred Mother Earth at this annual event. Click for more info.

Sep. 2014 - 2nd International Indigenous Peoples Corn Conference, and 40th Anniversary International Indian Treaty Council Conference. Both events will be held on the traditional lands of the Muscogee Creek people in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Click for more info

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International Indian Treaty Council 
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IITC delegates among hundreds attending the World Conference of Indigenous Women in Peru 

Cultural Surivial

The World Conference of Indigenous Women was held October 28-30, in Lima, Peru. Over 250 Indigenous women from the 7 geo-political regions of the world attended. The objective of the conference was to develop collectively key advocacy tools to guarantee the full recognition of the rights of indigenous women, youth and children in different international arenas including Cairo +20, Beijing +20, the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (2014). 

Participants adopted by consensus the “Lima Declaration” which identified issues of fundamental importance to Indigenous Peoples overall and Indigenous women and girls in particular. It called upon States to “recognize and respect our rights to lands, territories and resources as enshrined in Indigenous customary law, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and other international human rights instruments”. The Declaration also called for “zero tolerance” for all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls including “domestic violence and sexual abuse, including in the contexts of trafficking, armed conflict, environmental violence and extractive industries.”Click to read full document in English and Spanish.

Alyssa Macy, IITC and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Global Coordinating Committee delegate with Suzanne Benally, Cultural Survival in Lima. Photo: Cultural Survival

US ratifies Mercury Treaty, Tribal Leaders express support for implementation

mercury-drops-460x250On Nov. 7, 2013, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) issued a press release announcing that the United States (US) has filed an “Instrument of Acceptance” and is now considered to be the first country in the world to ratify the legally-binding Minamata Convention on Mercury. UNEP considers that this step by the US, which is well-known to be very reluctant to become a party to legally binding United Nations (UN) instruments, will spur ratification by other states. The Convention will enter into force when 50 States become “state parties” through ratification. 

This is a major victory for Indigenous Peoples, environmental, human rights and health organizations which have called for US ratification since the negotiations to complete the Convention, which will phase out and eliminate this major toxic contaminant, was completed in January of this year. IITC was involved in the negotiations for the Convention to push for the elimination of mercury, a neurotoxin with major health and human rights impacts on Indigenous Peoples, especially unborn, babies and children. Major sources of mercury are coal-fired power plants, current and legacy gold mining, and dental amalgam. The National Congress of American Indians adopted a resolution calling on the US to ratify and implement the Minamata Convention at its 2013 annual conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Oct. 19. Click to read more.

US County Review by the UN Human Rights Committee postponed until Mar. 13 – 14, 2014, Updates due Feb. 14, 2014

San_Francisco_Peaks2Due to the United States (US) government shutdown in Oct., the review of the US by the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) scheduled for Oct. 17–18, 2013, in Geneva was postponed at the request of the US. The HRC’s review of the US compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is rescheduled for Mar. 13 –14, 2014 during the HRC’s 110th session. Click to read more.

On Sep. 13, 2013, IITC and 28 co-contributors submitted a Consolidated Indigenous Peoples Alternative Report to the HRC for their review of the US. It focused on the lack of US protection for Sacred Areas and the failure to implement Indigenous Peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent. Click to read complete submission.

Photo: San Francisco Peaks, Arizona. 

Lenny Foster (Diné) named U.S. Human Rights Movement Builder

LennyFosterLenny Foster (Diné) was recently named a 2013 U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Award Winner by the US Human Rights Network (USHRN). The presentation of the U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Awards is an occasion to recognize and celebrate six visionary people and one organization building and strengthening the human rights movement at the grassroots level. Lenny is the National Coordinator for the National Native American Prisoners Rights Coalition and a Board Member of the International Indian Treaty Council and has dedicated much of his life to working on Native American prisoners rights. 

Award recipients will be honored at the inaugural awards ceremony that will also commemorate USHRN's 10th Anniversary as a network. The ceremony will be held during the Advancing Human Rights 2013: Dignity. Justice. Action conference, Dec. 6 – 8, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. Click for more info.

“Corn is Life” Gathering participants declare Diné Nation GMO and Pesticide-free zone

Corn-is-Life-pic 4The Indigenous Peoples “Corn is Life” Gathering was held Sep. 19 – 21, 2013 at the Diné College, in Tsaile, Arizona. The gathering focused on addressing threats from GMO’s, pesticides, extractive industries and climate change in tribal communities. Participants also discussed Diné food sovereignty policy and shared planting, growing, and seed saving methods. Attendees declared a GMO and pesticide-free zone on the lands of the Diné. Click to read full document in English and Spanish

“Before there were human beings, before there was man and woman, there was the corn. The spirit of the corn, the corn song, the corn pollen — they were always here. Take care of your family corn. It is a sacred being. It is who we are and how we are made. Listen to that song. Learn your language. The corn is praying for you to come home and be healed.” — Dine’ Hataali Avery Denny, opening presentation, “Corn is Life” Gathering, Sep. 20, 2013.

Support our work / Apoyen nuestro trabajo

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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