United Nations indigenous rights declaration to be discussed

Honolulu, Hawaii (AP) June 2011

U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka is holding a hearing on the implications of a United National declaration respecting the rights of indigenous peoples.

Akaka, a Democrat representing Hawaii and chairman for the Indian Affairs Committee, will hear from government, Native American and nonprofit representatives during the meeting in Washington, D.C.

The United States joined the U.N Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples last December, which encourages nations to support self-determination, eliminate discrimination and work to secure the rights of indigenous peoples.

The declaration sets the rights of the world's 370 million indigenous people to perpetuate their culture, identity and culture. It also covers rights relating to employment, health and education.



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