Indigenous Rights

Support Confirmation of Keith Harper as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Recipient: Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged byits diverse membership of more than 210 national organizations to promote and protect thecivil and human rights of all persons in the United States, we … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Indigenous Rights

New Law Will Make American Indian Communities Safer

Monday, August 2, 2010

Last week, President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act into law, significantly increasing the ability for tribal police to ensure the safety of their communities. The Act will enhance tribal law enforcement and improve the cooperation between tribes and the federal government in apprehending and prosecuting criminals.The Act was passed by an overwhelming … Read More

Categories: Indigenous Rights, News

President Obama Commits to Greater Cooperation Between Federal Government and Tribal Nations

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Obama held a historic White House Tribal Nations Conference on November 5 and made it clear that he is committed to ensuring that the needs and concerns of Tribal Nations are addressed by the federal government. At the conference, the president signed a directive to every cabinet agency asking them … Read More

Categories: Indigenous Rights, News

Native American Tribes in Virginia and North Carolina Are Close to Achieving Federal Recognition

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Lumbee tribe, located in Robeson County, N.C., was recognized by the state of North Carolina as American Indians in 1884. In 1956, Congress recognized them as American Indians, but they did not receive the full benefits of federal recognition. The Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock … Read More

Categories: Indigenous Rights, News

National Congress of American Indians President Gives Annual State of Indian Nations Speech

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Native Americans are hopeful that their concerns will be a part of the new administration’s agenda this year. During the annual State of Indian Nations speech yesterday, Joe A. Garcia, president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) laid out the Native American community’s four main priorities for the new administration in 2009: Include Native American … Read More

Categories: Indigenous Rights, News

President Obama Inspires Native American Community

Monday, February 9, 2009

Native Americans in the United States have high hopes that President Barack Obama will bring long hoped-for policy changes on issues important to their communities. While visiting the Crow Reservation in Montana last May, Obama was adopted as an honorary member of the Crow Nation and given a native name that means “one who helps … Read More

Categories: Indigenous Rights, News