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We recently re-launched the web site. The new web site is organized in accordance with the IITC strategic plan and reflects the vision of our work. We continue to move over 6,000 files to our new site - check back regularly to see our progress!

In This Issue / Contenido de este ejemplar

- IITC requests info from Indigenous Peoples by Aug. 15, 2013 for Oct. review of US by the UN Human Rights Committee
Pel' son' mehl Ney-puy - "Big Doings with the Salmon” gathering held in Yurok Traditional Territory, June 21– 23, 2013 
Global Indigenous Preparatory Meeting for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Alta produces consensus Outcome Document
IITC responds to US State Department statement on limit to right to self-determination at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 12th session in May 2013
US to be reviewed by monitoring body for the UNCERD in 2014
Support our work / Apoyen nuestro trabajo

Upcoming Events & Training

Aug. 9, 2013 - 

International Day of Indigenous Peoples Training Webinar “Engaging FPIC:  Understanding, Interpretation and Self-Determination” coordinated by Cultural Survival, includes presentation by IITC Legal Counsel Danika Littlechild. Click here to RSVP

Sept. 20-22, 2013 - Indigenous Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and Corn Conference, Navajo Nation. Co-sponsored by IITC, Dine College and Black Mesa Water Coalition.

Oct. 14, 2013 - “Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples” Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering. 

Sep. 17, 2013 - “Human Rights Defenders and Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples” side event during the Human Rights Council 24th session in Geneva, co-sponsored by IITC and Incomindios.

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IITC requests info from Indigenous Peoples by Aug. 15, 2013 for Oct. review of the US by the UN Human Rights Committee

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The UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), the Treaty Monitoring body for the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) has asked the United States to respond to the following question in preparation for the October 2013 review based on information submitted to the HRC in December 2012 by IITC and other Indigenous Peoples: 

“27. Please provide information on measures taken to guarantee the protection of Indigenous Sacred Areas, as well as to ensure that indigenous peoples are consulted and that their free, prior and informed consent is obtained regarding matters that directly affect their interests. Please provide information on steps taken to implement Executive Order 13175 on Consultation and Coordination with Tribal Governments. ” 

IITC has prepared an information sheet about how to participate in this process and is also available to provide technical assistance to Indigenous Peoples, Nations, tribes and organizations who want to participate in the joint Indigenous Peoples shadow report or make their own submissions.

Pel'son' mehl Ney-puy - "Big Doings with the Salmon" gathering held in Yurok Traditional Territory, June 21-23, 2013

Enews_salmonphoto 3The Indigenous Peoples' International Gathering to Honor, Protect and Defend the Salmon was held in the traditional territory of the Yurok Peoples on the Klamath River in Northern California. Sixty Indigenous representatives from California, the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Alaska and the Pacific Islands gathered to affirm the cultural importance of salmon for their Peoples and discuss strategies to address the impacts of climate change, river damming, and environmental contaminants on Salmon Peoples’ ways of life, cultures and food sources. Click here to download the Consensus Outcome Document from the gathering. Sponsors: Yurok Wellness Court, Indigenous Youth Foundation Inc., Pit River Tribe, Advocates for the Protection of Sacred Sites and the International Indian Treaty Council.

Global Indigenous Preparatory Meeting for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Alta produces consensus Outcome Document

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Indigenous Peoples around the world have been preparing for the high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to be called the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in September 2014. As part of the preparations for the WCIP, Indigenous Peoples from all 7 regions gathered at the Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference in Alta, Norway from June 9-12, 2013. The purpose of the Alta conference was to consolidate regional and caucus outcome documents into a global platform. The Alta Outcome Document serves as the Indigenous global platform which will be used to lobby State governments on the overall themes and outcome document of the WCIP. For more information, visit the Indigenous Global Coordinating Groups website on the WCIP at:

Based on many questions received regarding the recommendation calling for “UN Permanent Observer Status” for Indigenous Nations and government in Alta Outcome Document, IITC developed an information sheet on this issue. Click here to download. 

IITC responds to US State Department statement on limit to right to self-determination at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 12th session in May 2013

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On May 28, 2013, during the twelfth UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the United States made a discriminatory statement addressing the agenda item on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).  In its intervention, the US reiterated its position that the right to self-determination is a "different right for Indigenous Peoples" from the right recognized for "All Peoples" under international law.  The IITC and other Indigenous organizations stated strong objections to the US statement.   IITC's statement concluded with a call upon the UNPFII to: “…make a formal statement expressing its concern and joining with the Indigenous Peoples of this land in rejecting discriminatory attempts by the US or any other State to diminish the rights affirmed in the UN Declaration in this body and at the High Level Plenary which carries our name..." Additional interventions were made at the UNPFII 12th session by IITC on health, human rights, dialogue with the UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

IITC also organized side events on Indigenous Peoples Food Sovereignty and on Indigenous Women’s Reproductive Health and Toxics (with the native Youth Sexual health Network and FIMI) and submitted a conference room paper for titled “Follow‐up on the recommendations of the Permanent Forum on Culture including recommendations of the UNPFII 11th session in its Half‐day discussion on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Food and Food Sovereignty” which includes the report from the Indigenous Peoples International Conference on Corn, Oaxaca Mexico, September 28‐ 30, 2013.

Click here to view all statements made at the UNPFII by IITC. 

US to be reviewed by monitoring body for the UNCERD in 2014

LOGO_UN 2The U.S. government’s report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has been submitted in preparation for the CERD’s upcoming periodic review of the US’ compliance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The review of the US will take place in 2014. That date will be confirmed by the end of the CERD’s upcoming 83rd session from August 12th – 30th, 2013. Click here to download the US report here from the US State Department web page. It is also be available on the Web site of the UN CERD. Click here to download IITC’s training manual on using the CERD. 

IITC provides training and technical assistance to Indigenous Nations, Tribes and organizations that want to submit alternative or “shadow reports” and/or be part of a joint submission from Indigenous Peoples which will be prepared later in the year.

Support our work / Apoyen nuestro trabajo

IITC does not receive any state or federal funding for our work. Instead we are supported by the foundation grants and the generous support of private donors, friends and allies. Please consider contributing to support the work of IITC. Whether it be planned giving or a one time donation, any amount helps. IITC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations and all donations are tax-deductible. 


For more information on supporting our organization, please contact Andrea Carmen, Executive Director at or (907) 745-4482. You can also donate directly through PayPal. 

CITI no recibe recurso alguno de los Gobiernos estatales o federales. Dependemos exclusivamente de fundaciones y del apoyo generoso de donantes individuales, amigos y aliados para sustentar nuestro trabajo. Por favor, considere la posibilidad de contribuir económicamente al trabajo de CITI, ya sea mediante un apoyo permanente, o haciendo una donación única. Toda donación, por pequeña que sea, nos ayuda. CITI es una organización sin fines de lucro de acuerdo con el artículo 501, fracción c, inciso 3 del Código Estadounidense. Toda sus donaciones son deducibles de los impuestos en los EE.UU.

Para más información acerca de cómo pueden apoyarnos, por favor comuníquese con nuestra Directora Ejecutiva, Andrea Carmen, al ó (907) 745-4482

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) is an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.

El Consejo Internacional de Tratados Indios (CITI) es una organización de Pueblos Indígenas del Sur, Centro y Norteamérica, el Caribe y el Pacífico, que trabaja por la soberanía y la libre determinación de los Pueblos Indígenas, así como el reconocimiento y protección de los derechos indígenas, tratados, culturas tradicionales y tierras sagradas.

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