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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Watch live: Rights of Mother Earth Haskell

Speakers Robert Yazzie, Mona Polacca,
Kandi Mossett and Dan Wildcat
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April 4 -- 6, 2012
Watch live today, the Rights of Mother Earth conference, in Haskell, Kansas.
Listen to the audio at Earthcycles:
Indigenous Environmental Network live blog:
Thank you!

Rights of Mother Earth, Haskell, Kansas, Schedule:

Wednesday, April 4
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Welcome: Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Dean of Social Natural Sciences

Introduction: Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network

9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice - Cormac Cullinan, Environmental Attorney, S. Africa

10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
What is Wild Law and Rights of Nature: New Constructs of Self Determination - Ben Price, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Global Voices on Rights of Mother Earth: Marlon Santi, Sarayaku, Ecuador - MKalani Souza, Pacific Islands and Others

11:25 a.m. - 12:05 a.m.
Environmental Law, Federal Indian Law, Cultural Heritage, and Rights of Mother Earth: Dean Suagee, Native Attorney, Washington D.C.

12:05 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Foundations for Indigenous Thought Renee Gurneau

12:35 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Setting the Framework for Working Groups: Kandi Mossett, IEN Staff

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Report Back from Working Groups Facilitators

4:30 p.m. - 5: 30 p.m.
Open Mic: Response from Conference Participants

Introduction to the Day and Agenda Review: Tom BK Goldtooth
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Spiritual Introspective

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Continuation of Spiritual Dialogue

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Navajo Nation Policy - The Peace Keepers: Robert Yazzie, attorney and educator, Dine College

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Rights of Indigenous Nations, Its Peoples & Lands: Steven Newcomb, author

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Perspectives from Alaska, Alannah Hurley
Perspectives from the Tar Sands, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open Mic: Reflection Dialogue


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Opening Prayer / Song / Haskell Drum Group
It’s Time For Indigenous Solutions: Dr. Daniel Wildcat

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ecuadorian Process Defending Indigenous Territories With Rights of Mother Earth: Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, Spiritual Indigenous Leader, Sarayaku, Ecuador

10:45 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
The Global Approach, Rio+20, and the United Nations

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perspectives From Our Youth & Students

1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
What’s Next? Strategic Planning and Development for Rights of Mother Earth, Our Grassroots Organizations and Tribal Leadership

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
A Call to Action: Tom BK Goldtooth

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reflection and Analysis
Closing Prayer / Song / Drum Group

Lakota hunger strike against tarsands pipeline

Photo by Rocky Kistner

Lakotas launch hunger strike against tarsands pipelines

Rocky Kistner’s Blog
National Resources Defense Council
In the Dakotas, members of the proud Lakota Nation rose in protest this week to join a 48-hour hunger strike in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline—and all tar sands pipelines—they say will destroy precious water resources and ancestral lands in the U.S and in Canada.
On Sunday, dozens of hunger strikers and supporters marched at a rally against tar sands oil mining operations and pipelines in Eagle Butte, SD, a impoverished community on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, close to TransCanada’s 1,700 mile proposed Keystone XL pipeline route to refineries in the Gulf.
Lakota tribal members and their children drove to a camp in the rugged hills near the Missouri River to fast in solidarity with a hunger strike at the Bella Bella Community School in British Columbia. Children at the school are protesting a plan to ship millions of barrels of oil through a potentially dangerous “Northern Gateway” pipeline that would pipe corrosive tar sands oil from Alberta to giant super tankers navigating Canada’s treacherous Pacific coast.
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