I think you're making a leap of logic here that is unwarranted. The statement read by traditional Tonawanda chief Darwin Hill on behalf of NCAI and 72 US tribes simply pointed out that constitutional and customary Indian governing authorities are not NGOs, and need to be part of the UN process, as well as indigenous lobbyists like International Indian Treaty Council and the Indian Law Resource Center. At the same time, NCAI and Indian tribes are challenging the plenary power of the United States on taxation, trust and trade, in order to reverse the domestic dependent nation status. By thus exercising the international diplomacy as governing authorities, they strengthen their efforts toward self-determination within the US. NGOs, scholars and Indigenous governing authorities all contributed to the recognition of Indigenous human rights over the last 30 years; working together they can achieve its implementation. That won't be easy, but as long as everyone understands their roles, it's possible.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 11:37