Thursday, July 19, 2012

United Native Americans: Return Albany land to Ohlone People



United Native Americans Advocating Albany to Return Ohlone Land and Endorse the UNDRIP

Write, Email, and Call Albany Mayor Farid Javandel and Councilmember Robert Lieber and request the City Council endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), and return 100 acres of land to the Ohlone People. The University of California, Berkeley should collaborate with the Ohlone People in returning the 100 acres to the original inhabitants of the East Bay. The City Council of Albany meets the first and third Mondays of every month. The next Council Meeting will be August 6, 2012.

(Below are links to the UNDRIP)

www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_on_the_Rights_of_Indigenous_Peoples

Introduction to Albany City Council Proposal:

Quanah Parker Brightman
Hinhanska Hoksila Haney
United Native Americans Inc.
2434 Faria Avenue Pinole, CA 94564
Phone:1-510-672-7187 / 1-510-478-2191
Email: UnitedNativeAmericansinc@gmail.com

Date
July 16, 2012

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Quanah Parker Brightman and Hinhanska Hoksila Haney
Subject: Endorse The United Nations Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous
Peoples And Send Letter To U.S. Secretary of the Interior

RECOMMENDATION:
Recognize and endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples in respect to returning the land to be used for the University Village Mixed Use Project to the Ohlone People, and send a letter to United States Secretary of the Interior, Kenneth Lee Salazar.

BACKGROUND:
On June 29, 2006, the United Nations Human Council adopted the U.N. Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration respects the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination and recognizes subsistence rights and rights to land, territories and resources.

The City of Albany is the homeland to the Ohlone People, whose ancestors have lived for over 10,000 years. The University Village Mixed Use Project requires land that traditionally belongs to the Ohlone People to be used for economic development. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) would enable the Ohlone People to engage the City of Albany and the University of California, Berkeley in a way that "promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them and their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic and social development." The UNDRIP is in the same spirit with the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and UN Charter, which all members must reflect in their national laws.
We also request the City of Albany send a letter to Secretary of Interior Kenneth Lee Salazar.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:
None
CONTACT PERSON:
Quanah Parker Brightman and Hinhanska Haney

Mayor Farid Javandel
Voice Mailbox: 1-510-559-7250
Fax: 1-510-528-5797 (City Hall)
Email: cityhall@albanyca.org
Councilmember Robert Lieber
Mobile: 1-510-703-1876
Fax: 1-510-528-5797
Email: liebtaub@sbcglobal.net

Attend a City Council Meeting
Council Chambers, City Hall
1000 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

Quanah Parker Brightman
United Native Americans Inc. - President
1-510-672-7187
UnitedNativeAmericansinc@gmail.com

Hinhanska Haney
United Native Americans Inc. - Ambassador
1-510-478-2191
hinhanskah@gmail.com

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