American Indian Movement at UN: The Right to Speak


September 24,2009
The Right to Speak

AIM historicIn President Obama’s speech to the United Nations on September 23, 2009, he spoke of a ‘new direction’. Two years ago, four solitary nations voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, they were Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America. The Australian government has since reversed its vote and now support the international human rights standard toward Indigenous people.

The American Indian Movement asks the question of the Obama Administration: Will his administration recognize and support the international standard approved by the vast majority of the world’s nations?

The United Nations 64th year brings world leaders together to our sacred homeland to discuss the effects of the world’s problems to humankind. The American Indian Movement respects the right of all world leaders to speak. We support the right of Moammar Al Gathafi, leader of Libya. We respect the right of Evo Moralas, President of Bolivia. We respect the right of Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela. We respect the right of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran. We respect the right to speak at the United Nations of all the world leaders visiting our homeland.

We often talk in terms of the first world, or the west; or the second world, the east; or the third world, or the non-aligned nations. Another important dimension to this concept is the fourth world of natural and Indigenous people. Peoples whose populations oftentimes go beyond geo-political boundaries. While these struggles have been going on for hundreds of years, the international community has, for the most part, ignored this reality.

One of the greatest crimes against humanity occurred right here in the United States of America. Support for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People is a start to right this great wrong.

Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder American Indian Movement
Bill Means, International Indian Treaty Council
Chief Terrance Nelson, Vice Chairman American Indian Movement


Posted on September 24, 2009, in Imperialism & Colonialism, Indigenous Struggles and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I am a Native American Indian. I however am one of many not counted as such because my paternal grandfather didn’t have a birth certificate.Ido have picture proof in the family ,Iam legally counted for census standards, but because I can only show proof of 3/4 of my native heritage I dont qualify for much of anything, this is an injustice to my family and to many natives like myself I feel as though we are being told the only way to belong to a tribe or be recognized is to inter- marry or be adopted in order to meet government standards of a full Blooded Indian , Dosent our government realize many Native American Tribes were remved from their homes , scattered here and there by the Government, wanting our Elders before us to be more white like , surely President Obama can relate to this.In conclusion We Natives can and should be soverign in any place we choose to go and have the right to choose wether we want reservation life or not , and if we’ve been counted for census then we should count for all the benefits that go along with being A Naative American Indian.. I Am Indian So are My Children no matter what the government says.

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