Native rights declaration challenges 'settler' nations

5/26/09

The United States is considering whether to endorse a major U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the recognition of the rights of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples over their lands and resources. "The position on [this issue] is under review," Patrick Ventrell, spokesperson for the U.S. mission to the U.N., told IPS about the Barack Obama administration's stance on the non-binding U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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