UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Visit to the U.S.

Date: 
Wed Feb 22, 2017 to Thu Mar 2, 2017
Location: 
National (AZ, NM, ND, and DC) and Virtual
Washington, DC 20005
United States

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, is conducting an official country visit to the United States of America from February 22 - March 3, 2017. As part of this visit, the Special Rapporteur will attend a series of regional consultations to examine the situation of indigenous peoples in the United States as it relates to energy issues and extractive industries. The dates of these consultations and their host institutions are as follows:

  • Regional Indigenous Consultation hosted by Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ (February 24, 2017, 10am-4pm) - Location: Navajo Division of Transportation, Senator John Pinto Building, #16 Old Coal Mine Road, Mentmore, NM 87319
  • Regional Indigenous Consultation hosted by University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (February 25, 2017, 8:30am-3pm) [agenda and other information here -Location: 1117 Stanford, N.E., MSC11 6070, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  • Virtual National Indigenous Consultation, Online (February 26, 2017, 1:30pm EST, learn more here)
  • Regional Indigenous Consultation hosted by Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations (MHA), Fort Berthold, ND (February 28, 2017, 2:30pm-4:30pm) - Location: MHA Nation Administration Office - Tribal Chambers, TAT Tribal Administration Building, 404 Frontage Road, New Town, ND 5876
  • Regional Indigenous Consultation in Washington, DC, hosted by National Congress of American Indians (March 2, 2017 - TBC)

To register for these consultations and receive more details for each event,  including a full agenda and directions to the venue, visit: https://goo.gl/forms/JvoEDWGUDTdVkkrA3

Speakers at the consultation will be limited to remarks under 10 minutes. The Special Rapporteur indicates that you designate prior to the consultation the types of issues related to energy and extractive industries will you be discussing: 

  1. Extractive industries (oil, coal, natural gas, etc.)
  2. Renewable energy (solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, etc.)
  3. Nuclear power
  4. Tribal consultation
  5. Free, prior, and informed consent
  6. Sites of religious, cultural, or historical significance
  7. Environmental impact
  8. Public Health
  9. Social effects
  10. Reconciliation for historical wrongs
  11. Indigenous ownership of natural resources

To submit supplemental documents to the Special Rapporteur, please follow the link. https://www.dropbox.com/request/gNYU8IlZDW7g1EX4JDGK

For questions, please email hyoo@ohchr.org and UNSRindigenousUSvisit2017@gmail.com