Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States

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In 2007, following decades of advocacy by indigenous peoples, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration, acknowledging indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination, equality, property, culture, and other human rights. The United States, along with Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, have pledged their support for the Declaration, and 148 nations worldwide now accept a set of agreed-upon norms for the just treatment of indigenous peoples.

Walter Echo-Hawk stated that the General Assembly’s adoption of the Declaration is “a landmark event that promises to shape humanity in the post-colonial age.”

The Declaration provides an impetus to redress historic wrongs committed against indigenous peoples and advance the arc of justice. The Declaration sets forth a remedial scheme to address the legacy of land dispossession, physical violence, cultural disruption, economic deprivation, and other harms experienced by indigenous peoples during the experiences of conquest, colonization, and settlement. It will take comprehensive law and policy reform, as well as structural and conceptual change, to begin the process of redress and reconciliation for indigenous peoples in domestic legal systems.

On March 15-16, 2019, the University of Colorado Law School and Native American Rights Fund will host a conference to advance the promises of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and develop a strategy for its implementation in the United States.

We envision this event as a transformative gathering of critical thinkers and committed advocates, toward the true flourishing of indigenous peoples, healing, and justice for all.

Join us for high level discussions on challenges in Federal Indian Law and the role of international human rights in advocacy efforts, workshops on cultural rights, climate change and environmental advocacy, business and entrepreneurship, Indian child welfare, technology and communications, and a special feature on the UN’s 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Read more about the joint Colorado Law and NARF Project to Implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States, HERE.

DONATE HERE: Help cover travel costs for Tribal leaders and participants from indigenous communities!


*CLE Colorado credits are available only for the following participant categories: Government, Private Sector / Law Firm, CU Alumni, and Non-profit.

Government* --  $60.00
Private Sector / Law Firm* -- $60.00
CU Alumni* -- $30.00
Non-profit* -- $20.00
Public -- $15.00
CU Faculty, Students or Staff -- Free
Speaker -- Free


Date, Time, Location
March 15-16, 2019
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM (following day)
Wittemyer Courtroom
Wolf Law Building
University of Colorado Law School
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, Colorado

Parking is limited on campus and generally restricted. Permits are required for Lot 470 and lot 402 five days a week from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. There is metered parking available along the south side of Kittredge Loop Road (Lot 415) immediately after the roundabout in front of the Fleming Building. If Lot 415 is full, use Lot 406 or Lot 306. For maps, please click here.
Friday: Metered parking on Lot 415. You can also use Lot 406 or Lot 306.
Saturday: Parking is free in lot 470 and 402.

Boulder offers many wonderful lodging options for participants. Below please see information for two hotels that have offered a special rate for conference attendees.

Group rate at the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn (near Colorado Law)
Location: 770 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80303
Online Code:
Phone Code: call 800-233-8469 and reference code “AILP @ CU LAW "
Group Rate: $129 for a room with one king bed.
Reserve by: March 1

Group Rate at the Boulderado (Downtown Boulder)
Location: 2115 13th St. Boulder, CO 80302.
Group Code: 39936
Phone: 303-442-4344.
Group Rate: $189.
Reserve by: February 12

No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, March 8, 2019. If a refund applies, only 95% of registration fee will be refunded to cover processing costs. Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification. Please contact Edyael Casaperalta at with cancellation or substitution requests.


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Margaret Choi and Woon Ki Lau 
Newmont Mining  

Cindy Caditz Lang 

Language Panel Sponsor
CU Presidential Humanities Grant

Crowdfunding Donors
Benjamin Barnes
Gregory Bigler
Kristen Carpenter
Preston Hardison
Charles (Chuck) Howe
Tiara Naputi
Rebecca Sher
Cecile Tio
Jennifer Turner


Friday March 15, 2019

8:30-8:45 am   Welcome and Opening Remarks         
8:45-10:00       Current Challenges in Federal Indian Law & the Promise of the Declaration
10:15-11:15     The Role of International Law in U.S. Domestic Advocacy and Law Reform
11:30-12:15     Keynote Address and Coen Lecture
                      "Why Do We Need a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous

12:30-1:30 pm Luncheon & Fireside
                       “Inspired Action in Indian Country”
2:00- 3:15        Comparative Perspectives on Implementation
3:30-4:45         Self-Determination & Human Rights in the United States
4:45-5:00         Reflections

Saturday, March 16

9-10:30 am       The UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 (and Beyond!)
10:45-12:15      Human Rights in Action Workshops
                         A. Technology, Media, and Communication
                         B. Climate Change & Environmental Advocacy
                         C. Cultural Rights (possible breakout on Language Rights)
                         D. Indian Child Welfare
                         E. Business and Human Rights

Lunch & Wrap-Up 12:15-1:30

Questions: Please email AILP Fellow Edyael at