July 16, 2009

Rapid City, SD--Representatives from a Canadian Indigenous nation, the Kakisiwew-Ochapowace Cree, will be meeting at the Mother Butler Center with the Tetuwan Oyate, Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council. The two-day event is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, July 27 & 28, 2009, beginning at 9:00 AM.

Wes George, Kakisiwew-Ochapowace Cree Nation, Treaty 4 Territory in Canada, who has been attending sessions of the United Nations in New York City and Geneva, Switzerland, for many years will lead the discussion on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Another speaker is Sharon Venne, Ph.D., an attorney for the Dine in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Ms. Venne was the Chairperson-Rapporteur for the Second United Nations Expert Seminar on Treaties and has been attending meetings at the United Nations for more than thirty years. Charmaine White Face, Spokesperson for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council which was established in 1893, will give a presentation on the Eighth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held this past May among other reports. 

The agenda is as follows:

Day One

1. Opening Prayer
2. Opening Remarks
3. Introductions
4. Selection of Special Rapporteur
5. Treaty Discussions:

        UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

        Wesley George, Kakisiwew-Ochapowace Cree

        International Treaty Study: Status of Expert Seminars

        Sharon Venne, Ph. D. (Cree) Northwest Territory, Canada

        Special Rapporteur - 2nd Expert Seminar 

        Discussions and Development

Day Two

6. United Nations Developments and Future Activities - Reports and Discussion

        Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

        UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 8th Session

            World Health Organization

7. North American Issues and Developments

        Inter-American Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Discussions and Development

8. Closing Prayer

The meeting is open to the public. For further information call (xxx) 399-1868.

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Noon meal to be provided. Donations welcome. 

Sponsored by Defenders of the Black Hills, PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709, 

on behalf of the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council established in 1893 by Chief He Dog

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