Center joins call to end violence in Nicaragua

The government of Nicaragua must respect the Miskito people.”

Rapa Nui leader asks UN body to help protect rights

Chile’s recent actions threaten to destroy us,” said Santi Hitorangi.

Center requests UN action to combat violence against indigenous women

The Center offers the only statement on violence against indigenous women during UN panel.

Rapa Nui leaders seek protection from Chile armed forces

The Center asks the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to reissue precautionary measures.

Call for immediate release of Rapa Nui leaders

Aug. 28, 2015 - Chilean authorities have arrested three prominent Rapa Nui leaders.

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World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Launches New Chapter in International Advocacy

The United Nations General assembly adopted, by consensus, an outcome document at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Sept. 22, 2014 in New York City. The outcome document includes establishment of a mechanism to monitor and encourage implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, measures to address violence against indigenous women and children, and action toward a new status for indigenous peoples at the UN.  (more …)


Sept. 22, 2014 | Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation
World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

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Take part in a new campaign to end violence against Native women.  The campaign is a joint project between the Indian Law Resource Center and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.


The Interior Department’s Takeover of the Timbisha Shoshone Government

The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, based in Death Valley California, is among those Indian nations enduring an especially long and nasty fight in its dealings with the United States and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – a 165-year long battle.  The latest conflict involves the BIA’s installation of its own so-called government for the Tribe.  This takeover of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe’s government ignores the Tribe’s fundamental right of self-government, the inherent right of the Tribe to decide who is a member of the tribe and how the Tribe will be governed. (More…)


UN Commission on the Status of Women

In March 2014, the Center, along with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and its Task Force on Violence Against Women, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC), and Clan Star, Inc. participated in the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to raise awareness about violence against indigenous women in the United States, with particular attention to Alaska Native women. 

Click here to see our Joint Statement and other related materials.


UN Human Rights Council

In September, the Center participated in the 24th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  Click here to see our statements to the Council.



Creating New Human Rights Standards for MDBs

We’re working to ensure the World Bank and other international development banks respect the rights of indigenous peoples. Find out how you can help!



Top Stories

State of Indian Nations address draws world attention to violence against Native women in the U.S. and VAWA

BBC Radio | February 15, 2013

Center Board Member Takes to the Airwaves for VAWA

Terri Henry recently talked with South Dakota Public Radio’s Dakota Midday host today about the epidemic of violence in Indian country and how S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, could offer badly needed help.

Debate over Violence Against Women Act centers on the vulnerable

Who in Congress doesn’t want to pass a bill that helps protect women against acts of violence? No one, of course. But the Violence Against Women Act, first passed in 1994 and reauthorized previously without fanfare, hit a snag this time around.

CNN | 4 Jan. 2013

Ten Ways for Mining Companies to Work Better with Indigenous People

Paul Klein wonders why is there such a big gap between what’s important to indigenous people and how mining companies are addressing their priorities? 
Forbes | 29 Feb 2012