Recent Press Releases

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights & Requests for ‘Precautionary Measures’

Nov. 20, 2020

When the U.S. does not adhere to its commitments to international human rights norms, affected peoples and communities have only a few options for recourse. This is especially true for Indigenous Peoples when seeking remedy from human rights violations by nations that occupy their traditional territories and that exclude or...


20 Recommendations on Indigenous Rights for the 2020 U.S. UPR

Nov. 5, 2020

Twenty recommendations to help establish a framework for how the United States can continue to improve its record on human rights and ensure the utmost protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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Social Justice and Voter Enfranchisement in Indian Country

Oct. 30, 2020

A look at the Natives Vote 2020 project and the crucial role of civic participation when advocating for the human rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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First Peoples Worldwide Director Carla Fredericks Appointed Executive Director of The Christensen Fund

Oct. 20, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues: It is with great pleasure to share that Carla F. Fredericks, Director of First Peoples Worldwide, and Director of the American Indian Law Clinic at Colorado Law has been named Executive Director of The Christensen Fund (TCF). Fredericks will lead TCF in its mission to align...

COVID-19 in Indigenous Communities

The COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifies Shortcomings of Arbitrary Country Distinction in Equator Principles’ Social and Environmental Risk Assessment

Oct. 1, 2020

The newest version of the Equator Principles have gone into effect, and with it the incorrect assumption that "Designated" countries like the U.S. properly consider the human rights of Indigenous Peoples in project development.

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DAPL Engagement Today: The Need for a Proper Environmental Review

Sept. 14, 2020

First Peoples Worldwide Senior Fellow Dave Archambault II discusses the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which may finally happen six years after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe first asked for it and three years since the pipeline became operational.


UN Investigates Allegations that the U.S. Violates the Human Rights of the Gwich’in with Proposed Oil and Gas Development

Sept. 1, 2020

UPDATE: Multiple Responses from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Reinforce Concerns of Rights Violations


First Peoples Worldwide Named Secretariat of the Investors and Indigenous Peoples Working Group

Aug. 19, 2020

The Investors and Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IIPWG) is a pioneering, global coalition of Native and Non-Native professionals. For more than 15 years, the group has led shareholder advocacy and other direct engagement to forward the rights of Indigenous Peoples in capital markets. IIPWG priorities are to ensure Indigenous Peoples'...

ETP Performance July 6, 2020

Material Losses Continue for ETP and Investors as Dakota Access Pipeline Ordered to Shutdown

July 6, 2020

The impact of the ruling once again confirms that failure to adequately consider the totality of the social, environmental and cultural risks of development on and near Indigenous lands leads to material loss.

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Native Leaders and Investors Respond to Washington D.C. Football Team Name 'Review'

July 6, 2020

UPDATE 7/10/20 - After publication of this article, Native leaders delivered a letter to the National Football League requesting immediate change of the name and eradication of all Native names, mascots and logos. Read the letter in full . UPDATE 7/13/20 - On Monday, July 13, the Washington team announced...