Native Americans, and other groups identified as Indigenous in many parts of the world, have characteristically suffered histories of colonialism, the taking of their lands, and the suppression of their cultures. The legacies of these patterns manifest themselves today in Indigenous peoples generally experiencing marked disadvantages within the countries that have grown up around them. Within the last several decades, the international system of norms and decision-making, which is anchored in the United Nations and regional inter-governmental institutions, has addressed the concerns of Indigenous peoples. The result has been a growing body of international law and policy that affirms and promotes respect for Indigenous peoples’ rights.
During this CU on the Weekend talk, Professor Anaya will discuss the drivers behind and the most prominent elements of this developing body of international law and policy. He will also address, from both theoretical and practical perspectives, the significance of this body of international law and policy for the United States and other countries where Indigenous Peoples reside.