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The Southeast Indigenous Peoples' Center has reported to the UN Committee Against Torture, Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, and the Human Rights Committee.

SIPC followed up its 2010 UPR report with a report in the 2nd Cycle of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the US Human Rights Record. Our work was mentioned in the UN Summary but SIPC lobbied UN Members in New York prior to the UPR Working Group meeting in Geneva of 11 May 2015. SIPC is working with other Indigenous Peoples to increase our opportunities to protect and respectfully access our ancestral lands, waters, and winds while empowering our Peoples. We are advancing collective work to end the appropriation of our heritage so that Indigenous Peoples can socially, religiously, culturally, economically, and politically participate as our Creator intended us to.  Consider contributing to our efforts to monitor the US' compliance with recommendations from the 2015 UPR as it progresses toward human rights to be reviewed at the next UPR: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZWXk0lD5S2OMQ5HUdAqpnSagKs6rBxKEhw2sbteND54/edit#gid=1993734351

 We ask you to please pray for our success as we work for the human rights of all Peoples by asserting our right to protect our ancestral lands as our Creator has assigned us to do.  This includes leading UN Members to engage in the process of obtaining our Free Prior and Informed Consent when developing our winds, waters, lands, Peoples, cultures, or ancestors.

In the context of indigenous mascots, southeast Indigenous Peoples overwhelmingly and in our own customs have expressed our opposition to the dangerous evocation of ancestors' spirits by colonials, the forcible appropriation of our culture, desecration of sacred symbols and practices, degradation of indigenous girls and women, dehumanization of indigenous men, obstacles to social, religious, economic, and political participation and reduction of Indigenous Peoples to decoration for colonial actors. We need full access to educational institutions built with our lands and the mascot issue illustrates violent opposition we face when we try to access resources in our world now dominated by colonial power. Oneida Nation to the north has detailed the efforts that self-determined Indigenous Peoples have had to expend daily on thousands of individual affronts because the US does not federally implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as interpreted by the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as the US Constitution requires. Please pray that all can recognize the humanity of Indigenous Peoples so we can again live peacefully together with the land of our ancestors, the land our Creator assigned to our care.

On United Nations World Water Day March 22, 2017, SIPC made a statement while attending UN Commission on Status of Women events.
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