August 30, 2012
GE.12-16270Human Rights CouncilTwenty-first sessionAgenda item 3Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,political, economic, social and cultural rights,including the right to development
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenouspeoples, James Anaya
AddendumThe situation of indigenous peoples in the United States of America* **
SummaryIn this report the Special Rapporteur examines the human rights situation ofindigenous peoples in the United States, on the basis of research and information gathered,including during a visit to the country from 23 April to 4 May 2012. During his mission,the Special Rapporteur held consultations with United States officials as well as withindigenous peoples, tribes, and nations in Washington, D.C., Arizona, Alaska, Oregon,Washington state; South Dakota and Oklahoma, both in Indian country and in urban areas.Appendices I and II to this report include, respectively, summaries of information providedby the Government and of information submitted by indigenous peoples, organizations andindividuals in connection with the mission.
The Special Rapporteur concludes that indigenous peoples in the United States –including American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples – constitutevibrant communities that have contributed greatly to the life of the country; yet they facesignificant challenges that are related to widespread historical wrongs, including brokentreaties and acts of oppression, and misguided government policies, that today manifestthemselves in various indicators of disadvantage and impediments to the exercise of theirindividual and collective rights.
* The summary of the present report is circulated in all official languages. The report itself,which is annexed to the summary, is circulated in the language of submission only.** Late submission.
United Nations A/HRC/21/47/Add.1General Assembly Distr.: General30 August 2012Original: English
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