Indigenous Peoples? Rights: An Historical and Contemporary Global Movement

This joint presentation by Julie Rowland and Judy Bertonazzi will describe the circumstances leading to the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP) and will highlight some of the legal issues and conflicts that may be involved in the implementation of a UN Declaration that is supported by the executive branch of the U.S. government, but has not been ratified by Congress. The presentation will emphasize Native American rights. Following the presentation, a commentary from the perspective of Native Americans in the U.S. will be provided by Connie FileSteel. Julie Rowland is a Penn State graduate student enrolled in a joint program in the Law School and the College of Education. She was a CC UNA/ ICIK intern in Spring 2012 and in this role she researched the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. UNDRIP, as the declaration is called, is supported by the Obama administration but has not been ratified by the US Congress. As an intern, Julie authored a paper titled ?The New Legal Context of Indigenous Peoples? Rights: the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?. Her paper has been accepted for publication in The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, a publication of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and is scheduled for publication in the December 2012 issue. Julie was an applicant for the First Ever UN Youth Observer award in 2012. Judy Bertonazzi formerly taught English at Penn State Altoona. She has now completed her doctoral coursework in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is writing her dissertation. She recently authored a chapter on ?Indigenous Peoples? Rights? that was published in the September 2012 issue of The Encyclopedia of Global Social Issues. Judy has also published on filmmaker and novelist Julie Dash?s oeuvre, with particular emphasis on her novel, Daughters of the Dust, which narrates the lives of the indigenous Gullah women who live on the Sea Islands off the coast of the U.S. Southeast. Connie L. FileSteel is a Ph.D student in Penn State?s Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education, as well as an alumna of the American Indian Leadership Program. Connie is an enrolled member of the White Clay and Assiniboine Tribes, located on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation in North Central Montana. She holds degrees in Elementary Education and American Indian Studies from Montana State University and has teaching experience spanning elementary through post-secondary levels. She has developed curricula, conducted educational assessments in Montana and Arizona and researched family interactions for a longitudinal study conducted by the Department of Education, which involved observation and documentation of families on the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy Indian Reservations in Montana. ****************************************************************************** Judy and Julie?s articles that focus on indigenous peoples? rights and on the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be reprinted in a special Spring 2013 issue of ICIK E-News. The issue will be co-sponsored by the Centre County Chapter of the United Nations Association and ICIK, the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge. It will be sent electronically to the CC UNA and the ICIK list serves and will be available on both the ICIK and the CC UNA websites.