Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 7, 2010


US Government Agencies Hold a Dialogue with Stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organizations

As part of the U.S. Government’s review of U.S. position on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the State Department, together with other Federal agencies, will host dialogues with interested non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders. The first dialogue will be held on July 8 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20013-7012. An additional dialogue will be held in the fall.

During President Obama's first year in office, tribal leaders, stakeholders and non-governmental organizations encouraged the United States to reexamine its position on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On April 20, 2010, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, announced that the United States decided to review its position on the Declaration.

Consultations with federally-recognized tribes are also planned. The first of three tribal government-to-government consultations took place on June 21 in Rapid City, South Dakota and the second one is being held today at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Additional tribal consultations will take place in the fall of 2010. Details on consultations with tribes and dialogues with stakeholders and NGOs will both be posted on the State Department’s website located at: http://www.state.gov/s/tribalconsultation/declaration/index.htm

Tribal leaders, NGOs, and others are also encouraged to contribute to the review by emailing us at Declaration@state.gov, or by submitting comments via mail to the Department of State at: S/SR Global Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street N.W., Suite 1317, Washington, D.C. 20520. Written comments are requested by July 15, 2010 or as soon as possible to ensure that they can be given due consideration in the review.



PRN: 2010/900