August 15, 2007

League of indigenous nations

Colville tribes sign multinational treatyThe Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has joined 10 other indigenous peoples from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States in signing a historic treaty forming the United League of Indigenous Nations.

The treaty, agreed to earlier this month at a meeting at the Lummi Nation near Bellingham, establishes an international alliance of indigenous peoples to promote common environmental, economic and cultural interests.

The signatories, all of whom had their tribes’ authority to approve the treaty, immediately called for every indigenous nation in North America and the South Pacific to join the league at a treaty ratification meeting Nov. 15 in Denver. Representatives from about 40 other indigenous nations signed the document as witnesses, pending approval of their governing bodies.


Peter N. Jones said...

This is a great story. I tried to access it via the Spokan Review, but they wanted registration. Glad you posted it here. I was just talking about this sort of thing on the Indigenous Issues Today news blog in terms of the Venezuelan indigenous communal councils. Great to see this, lets see how it goes....

Rob said...

Try the link now. As I often do, I posted the article to a Yahoo group and then linked to it there. That way you don't have to register to read it and the link won't go dead eventually.