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US endorses Indigenous Declaration

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December 16, 2010
Published by UNPFII - Headline News

The United States has announced that it endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Earlier today President Barack Obama announced that the United States support the Declaration in an address to the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Back in April the U.S. had said that it would be revising its position. This announcement comes just over a month after Canada made a similar move announcing its support for the Declaration, while New Zealand announced its support in April this year. Australia endorsed the Declaration in 2009.

Click here to view a statement from the United States.

When the Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, four countries voted against. They were Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.