Workshop on the Doctrine of Discovery and UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Washington DC, 25-26 June 2015

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Venue: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington DC.
Workshop description:
The workshop ‘From Doctrine to Declaration’, hosted by the University of St Andrews, Scotland and the College of William and Mary seeks to examine both the ongoing impact of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and the significance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in considering how the rights of Indigenous Peoples can move forward in the United States. In particular, the workshop highlights those issues currently facing Indian Country that result from the continued existence of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery - including child welfare, environment, treaty rights, federal recognition, and education – and that in reality have the potential to be addressed by U.S. adherence to the UNDRIP. This workshop brings leading, mostly Native, advocates, academics and practitioners together with an audience of policymakers, think tanks, grant-making foundations and non-governmental organizations for this much-needed discussion.
Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land and numerous sacred places. She has developed key federal Indian law since 1975, including the most important national policy advances in the modern era for the protection of Native American culture and arts. On November 24, 2014, Suzan Shown Harjo was awarded the United States highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Denise Altvater (Passamaquoddy) - Wabanaki Youth Program Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
  • Esther Attean (Passamaquoddy) - Co-Director, Maine-Wabanaki REACH
  • Charlotte Bacon - Executive Director, Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Penthea Burns Co-Director, Maine-Wabanaki REACH
  • Prof. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Alaska-Inuit) - Member, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Prof. Peter d'Errico - Professor Emeritus at University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Clarice Friloux (Houma) - Member, Louisiana Environment Action Network
  • gkisedtanamoogk (Wampanoag, Otter Clan) - Commissioner, Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Professor Robert J. Miller (Shawnee) - Professor, Arizona State University 
  • Steven T. Newcomb (Lenape/Shawnee) - Co-Director, Indigenous Law Institute
  • Prof. Darren Ranco (Penobscot) - Chair of Native American Programs, University of Maine - Orono
  • Brenda Dardar Robichaux (Houma) - Board Member, Bayou Healers
  • Prof. Rebecca Sockbeson (Penobscot) - Professor, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway) - Historian, National Museum of the American Indian
  • Monique Verdin (Houma) - Multidisciplinary Artist
  • Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) - Commissioner, Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Sheldon Wolfchild (Mdewakanton Dakota) - Documentary Filmmaker and former Tribal President at the Lower Sioux Reservation, Minnesota.
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