American Indian Movement Statement On Free Speech And Indigenous Rights

The Grand Governing Council of the American Indian Movement (AIM) has released the following statement in response to President Obama's recent address before the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In President Obama's speech to the United Nations on September 23, 2009, he spoke of a 'new direction'. Two years ago, four solitary nations voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, they were Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America. The Australian government has since reversed its vote and now support the international human rights standard toward Indigenous people. The American Indian Movement asks the question of the Obama Administration: Will his administration recognize and support the international standard approved by the vast majority of the world's nations?

The United Nations' 64th year brings world leaders together to our sacred homeland to discuss the effects of the world's problems to humankind. The American Indian Movement respects the right of all world leaders to speak. We support the right of Moammar Al Gathafi, leader of Libya. We respect the right of Evo Moralas, President of Bolivia. We respect the right of Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela. We respect the right of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran. We respect the right to speak at the United Nations of all the world leaders visiting our homeland.

We often talk in terms of the first world, or the west; or the second world, the east; or the third world, or the non-aligned nations. Another important dimension to this concept is the fourth world of natural and Indigenous people. Peoples whose populations oftentimes go beyond geo-political boundaries. While these struggles have been going on for hundreds of years, the international community has, for the most part, ignored this reality. One of the greatest crimes against humanity occurred right here in the United States of America. Support for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People is a start to right this great wrong.

P.O. Box 13521
Minneapolis MN 55414
612/ 721-3914 . fax 612/ 721-7826
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Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder American Indian Movement

Bill Means, International Indian Treaty Council

Chief Terrance Nelson, Vice Chairman American Indian Movement

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Michelle May - October 6, 2010 9:09 AM

Hello, just wondering how do we contact about a cival complaint on an officer who well, I moved off the rez now for almost four years and since I moved to this town he has approached me on several occasions and its on hearsay so he says third party I am fed up with him and want to know my rights and going to start writing down when he comes over with his verbal questioning....Native in white community. who do I report this to.

Rose Hulligan - March 19, 2011 7:57 AM

Thank you American Indian Movement for releasing a statement about indigenous leaders have the right to speak and respect for world leaders to the President of United States! Did you get a response?

I'd like to ask, if you know where we can get uncensored news about what is going on in Libya. What are the real issues. It's probably not what is being presented to us.

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