United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT
Resolution Unanimously Adopted by the National Latino Congreso on Sunday, March 22, 2010 in El Paso, Texas.
WHEREAS, The United Nations General Assembly has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on September 13, 2007, establishing a new systemic standard of recognition, respect, and protection for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the world; and
WHEREAS, The Doctrine of Discovery, emanating from the European invasion and subsequent colonization of the continent Abya Yala [the
Americas] has served as an instrument of dehumanization and genocide of the Nations and Pueblos of the Indigenous Peoples of the territories identified as Latin America since October the 12th, 1492; and
WHEREAS, Such Doctrines of exploitation and expropriation of the natural resources and labor of the Nations and Pueblos of Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala [the Americas] continue unabated and find their contemporary instruments of expression in the multilateral and bilateral Trade Agreements such as NAFTA; and
WHEREAS, In the process of realizing the National Call to Action and March for Human Rights in Phoenix Arizona on January 16th 2010, a Community Indictment was served upon the office of the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona J.Arpaio (et al), which specified Violations of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as stated in Article 36 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and nations of the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala;
1. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that organizations represented by delegates of the 2010 National Latino Congreso proclaim endorsement and commitment to the principles of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People’s Adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on September the 13th, 2007; and
2. FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that organizations represented by delegates of the 2010 National Latino Congreso should petition U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to Act in due haste to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
National Latino Congreso
Proposed Resolution by National Latino Congreso
To: The National Latino Congreso 2010
El Paso, Texas
I strongly support the adoption of Resolution 11.04 – Adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the Congreso.
At a time when we see the policies and practices of blatant discrimination against indigenous Peoples being perpetuated across Latin America by the the same forces that keep our communities subject to injustices north of the US-Mexico border, we can not remain silent or on the sidelines of the struggle of our relatives of the Nations and Pueblos of Indigenous Peoples of the Continent Abya Yala [the Americas].
As a systemic standard that would allow our society to finally and for the first time relate to the Indigenous Peoples as "Peoples equal to all other Peoples…" the UNDRIP brings us to where we dreamt we should have been all along since October 12, 1492.
A new world built upon the ancient principles of Respect and Peace must be discovered. The process begins first within, and now that discovery brings challenge and opportunity. We are at a defining moment.
That the time has come to break the chains of cultural supremacy and racism. I urge the National Latino Congreso to act in favor of the resolution to endorse the UNDRIP and call petition US President Barack Obama and the US Congress to do the same.
Embassy of Indigenous Peoples