The Rights of Indigenous People and the Rest of Us

In early 2011, President Obama announced that the United States would sign the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Now the U.N. wants us to give Mt. Rushmore to the Indians.  James Anaya, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, spent twelve days in the U.S. meeting with representatives of Native Americans.  Returning to Geneva, he urged the government to turn over control of lands considered sacred to the tribes, including the Mt. Rushmore site. It was bound to happen. With typical overstatement, the president said as he announced U.S. participation in the Declaration, "The aspiration it affirms, including respect for the institutions and rich cultures of native peoples, are ones we must always seek to fulfill."  Always?  Americans happily adapt and adopt parts of other people's cultures (Chinese food unlike anything served in Beijing, pizza Italians wouldn't recognize, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo parties) and...(Read Full Article)

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