October 14-18, 2013
On Monday, October 14th we celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day and kicked off Week Two of the UDHR Campaign with a focus on Indigenous Rights. We are pleased to highlight a diverse selection of nonprofit organizations, tribal councils, and other groups dedicated to advocating for the economic, political, cultural and social rights of native people.
Based in beautiful Sutton, Alaska, The Chickaloon Village Traditional Council is organizing oppostition to the construction of several coal mines whose long term effects on the environement are being exchanged for short term economic benefit in direct contradiction to the values of the people.
Tewa Women United is a collective, inter-tribal women's group in the Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico that began as an informal association of women supporting each other as they tackled challenges such as alcoholism, suicide and domestic violence. Today, the organization integrates human rights, non-violence and traditional ways of knowing into their environmental justice and social work.
Tonatierra operates a program in Phoenix, Arizone, Los Comites de Defensa del Barrio Human Rights Commission that is taking on the systemic violations of migrant workers and their families by the judicial system and local law enforcement. In addition, they are organizing to make Phoenix a 'Human Rights City' that will uphold the values set forth in the UDHR.
The Orutsaramiut Native Council is a federally recognized governing authority in the community of Bethel, Alaska that provides a range of social services from child care and employment to tribal burial, homebuyer's assistance and health and wellness.
Cultural Survival is harnessing the power of the world's most consumed media-radio-to amplify indigenous voices in their exciting campain to ensure that indigenous communities are able to exercise free, prior and informed consent when making decisions about their land and other resources.