Following the recent announcement of Keith Harper being nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of Representative of the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council, with an Ambassador ranking, the National Congress of American Indians released a statement in support of the nomination.
“Native peoples have conducted nation-to-nation diplomacy throughout the Americas for thousands of years. Upon confirmation, Keith Harper will join a small number of Native peoples who have been called upon to serve the United States as Ambassador. Mr. Harper’s extensive legal experience, both in Indian law and beyond, will be an invaluable resource to the UN Human Rights Council. As a tribal citizen, Mr. Harper will serve the United States with a sense of both the terrible history of human rights abuses against Native peoples and the strength of Indigenous cultures that always seek justice for all peoples.
NCAI supports this nomination and looks forward to the confirmation.”
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