• President Obama Quote

    And just as we identify with the victims, it's also important for us I think to remember that the perpetrators of such evil were human, as well, and that we have to guard against cruelty in ourselves. -President Obama after his speech Buchenwald concentration camp
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The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

I recently read an article by Lola Garcia-Alix and Robert Hitchcock about the United Nations adoption of “The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. The article’s focus was on the debate and implications this declaration would have. One of the more intriguing points was the fact that the United States was one of four who refused to sign this recognition of rights. This to me points out once again the denial that America has ever done anything wrong and that the government still refuses to “repay” its debts. One thing that worries me is the fact that the United States is notorious for not living up to ramified resolutions it does not sign. Because of this I wonder if the United States will even consider it because this declaration gives indigenous peoples the right to self-determination, something that could really hurt the US government.