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American Indian Law

An introduction to American Indian Law with numerous links to helpful sources.

Indigenous Peoples

Issues of American Indians and Federal Indian Law can be viewed as part of a larger discussion concerning the rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

In 2007, the United Nations passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by a vote of 144 to 4. The 4 "no" votes by Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States have since been reconsidered and the Declaration now enjoys the support of those countries. Issues such as land rights, culture, natural resources, language, sovereignty, self-determination, religious freedom, and more, are all addressed in the Declaration.

Other International issues include the interpretation of Treaty rights, Vienna Conventions, Human Rights, and WIPO.

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