For Immediate Release
Date: Tuesday March 9, 2010
Contacts: Shannon Rivers (480) 220-6766; Tupac Enrique Acosta (602) 466-8367
Community Forum in Affirmation of the
Thursday March 11, 2010
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Memorial Hall – Phoenix Steele Indian School Park – 300 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ – Representatives of Nations, Pueblos, and organizations of Indigenous Peoples from Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada will join with the Native American Heritage Coalition at Indian School Park on Thursday March 11th to take collective action implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The event is the 7th Annual proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day – Nahn-coh-Mahss O’otham and is being hosted by the Nahuacalli Neigborhood Association, the Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras, the Seventh Generation Fund and the ASU School of Law Indian Legal Program.
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
The UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on September 13, 2007. The US government has yet to endorse the declaration, although the Obama administration has signaled through the state department that a new policy is being considered.
Taking up the message shared at the Native Nations Tribal Summit in Washington, DC last November by Mr. Joe Kennedy of the Timbisha Western Shoshone Nation, a national call to President Obama to take immediate action and endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be made public at the press conference.