Current News at the Institute

By Olivia Heffernan
Monday, November 13, 2017

Columbia University student Olivia Heffernan argues that justice and reconciliation are the means through which parties reckon with past injustice, and that public education and truth telling are prerequisites to precipitate activism and real reform.

Court Finds Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

On October 20th,the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline. The Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights has been following the developments of the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program of ISHR has been informed of a call for help launched by United Confederation of Taíno People to help community members in Puerto Rico.

Category 4 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico just days after it was already suffering from the impacts of Hurricane Irma. The people of Borikén (Puerto Rico) are now living through the largest natural disaster that the island has faced in nearly a century.

Monday, October 9, 2017

In commemoration of this day Native American Council of Columbia University will be hosting a celebration on Columbia University's Sundial. Below is an outline of the day's events:

The Importance of Acting Locally
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Beginning in 1937, many calendars began designating October 9th as "Columbus Day." However, over the past several years - especially since the adoption of the historic UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 10 years ago - a growing number of places in the USA have done away with the “Columbus” part and renamed the day “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”. These include the states of Alaska, and Vermont and the cities of Seattle, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Denver, Bangor CityMaine and, most recently, Los Angeles and Cambridge.

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