Although I am a fan of Bernie Sanders, I was disappointed (though not surprised) that he could not answer the caller today who asked him to comment on Obama's having recently (Dec 16) signed the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights, having been the last country on Earth to sign the 2007 document. I doubt if any of the congress men or women know about this because in essence it is a farcical gesture on the part of the U.S., sadly for all of us. The four countries that did not sign the declaration (Australia, New Zealand, U.S. and Canada) did not sign it becaue they still pratice the Doctrine of Discovery. In fact, all four are passing legislation that essentially negates their signatures and they have already said nothing is binding. The only reason the U.S. finally signed is because it was mandated in the recommendations by the Universal Periodic Review document also recently issued by the U.S. This is the U.S. first time to be evaluated and they want to look good. If you want to read more about this, my blog at Truthout will soon be covering this topic in depth. Or read my University of Texas Publication textbook, Unlearning the Language of Conquest; Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America, and read Vine Deloria's chapter, "Conquest Masquerading as Law."


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fourarrows 8 years 34 weeks ago

Please visit my forthcoming blog at Truthout.

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