Date: Monday March 12, 2007
Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta (602) 466-8367
Phoenix, AZ – Today at 9:30 AM, the Mayor of the City of Phoenix Mr. Phil Gordon will present the proclamation of Nican Tlacah Ilhuitl – Indigenous Peoples Day at the Nahuacalli, Embassy of the Indigenous Peoples located at 802 N. 7th Street in downtown Phoenix.
Now in its fifth year, the proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day is an internationally recognized event still growing in stature, having received special recognition by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, whose
representative Mr. Wilton Littechild was in Phoenix last week to attend the Indigenous Peoples Consultation at the Arizona State Capitol.
The Indigenous Peoples Consultation provided a forum for the UN representative to dialogue with the Arizona-Sonora tribal nations leadership regarding the global agenda of the Indigenous Peoples within the context of international law. Subjects of priority discussed were the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Self-determination and Decolonization, Sacred Sites, globalwarming, border crossing issues, rights of the Indigenous Peoples as migratory workers, and the Doctrine of Discovery.
Attendees at the Indigenous Peoples Consultation at the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday march 8th included President Diane Enos of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, President Raphael Bear of the Fort McDowell Yavapai
Nation, and Gila River Indian Community Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Allison-Ray. Representatives of the Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras, which integrates Nations of Indigenous Peoples all along the US-Mexico border, were also in attendance, represented by Mr. Jose Matus of the Yaqui Tribe.
The event was organized by the Nahuacalli, Embassy of the Indigenous Peoples as an initiative of the Nican Tlacah Ilhuitl – Indigenous Peoples Day events.
As part of the Indigenous Peoples Day events, State Representative Mr. Albert Tom, hosted the UN dignitary Mr. Littlechild at the State Capitol on Thursday March 8th, and also sponsored an Arizona House resolution that supports the Second International Decade of the Indigenous Peoples.
Speaking of the resolution “House Recognition of the World’s Indigenous Peoples” proclaimed on Thursday March 8th, representative Tom stated “It is important that state lawmakers show support for the promotion, protection and the strengthening of the culture, values, language, traditions and social life of Indigenous peoples.”
The Arizona House Resolution also specifies:
“WHEREAS, the City of Phoenix has announced support of the Decade by proclaiming March 12, 2007 as Indigenous Peoples Day; and
WHEREAS, the Arizona House of Representatives supports the promotion, protection, and strengthening of the culture, values, language, traditions and social life of Indigenous Peoples; and
WHEREAS, the Arizona House of Representatives affirms the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as adopted by the UN Human Rights Council;
THEREFORE, be it resolved, the Arizona State House of Representatives does hereby proclaim our support for the UNITED NATIONS SECOND INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.
Recognizing the importance of the Nican Tlacah Ilhuitl – Indigenous Peoples Day, United States Congressman Mr. Raul Grihalva, in a communiqué to the Indigenous Peoples Consultation, stated “This week’s discussions and celebrations
are important if we are to decolonize and be united in our advocacy for the promotion of indigenous rights and cultural preservation.”
“There have been some successes for Indigenous Rights since the United Nations declared the First, and now the Second Decade of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples. Unfortunately, there is more work to be done to insure that Indigenous Peoples and communities are no longer marginalized. I am committed in working for indigenous justice” stated Congressman Grihalva.
Acting from the position of sovereignty as a Native American Nation, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community also unanimously adopted a resolution entitled:
A RESOLUTION TO PROCLAIM MARCH 12, 2007 AS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND TO AFFIRM THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ADOPTED
BY THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL.
The resolution by the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Council adopted on March 7th, states:
WHEREAS, the SRPMIC recognizes our relationship and solidarity with the Pima and Maricopa people of our Community, our three sister tribes which include the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Gila River Indian Community and Tohono O’OdhamNation, our Pima relations located at the U.S.-Mexico border, the tribes of Arizona, other Indigenous Peoples of the North and South America, and all Indigenous Peoples throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, the SRPMIC supports a regional approach to community development that integrates respect for the principles of COMMUNITY ECOLOGY in terms of urban systems, territories, and Sacred Sites of the Indigenous Peoples.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the SRPMIC Council proclaims today, March 12th, 2007 as NDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SRPMIC affirms throughout our tribal lands the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on June 23, 2006, as an expression of the minimum standards of recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The sequence of official acts in support and recognition of Indigenous Peoples comes at a critical time in the struggle for recognition of the Right of Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples, and the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Consultations by Indigenous Peoples worldwide, such as that which occurred at the Arizona State Capitol last week, are being organized to move forward with implementation strategies asserting the minimum standards established in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on June 23, 2007.
“We must implement the principles of respect, inclusion, reciprocity and community which leads to Peace as intended by the jurisprudence of our Nations of Indigenous Peoples and our regional confederations,” said Tupac Enriue Acosta, nican tlacah of the Nahuacalli.
“To the extent that these principles are reflected in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as adopted by the Human Rights Council on June 23, 2007 the time for implementation is now. We cannot wait for the next session of the Permanent Forum to act,” said Mr. Enrique Acosta, referring to the sixth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues set for May 2007 in New York.
Corresponding to the beginning day of the Xiuhpohualli, Aztec Calendar year count, the ceremonial activities at the ahuacalli today March 12, 2007 inaugurate the year according to the Año Nuevo Mexicano of Chicuey Acatl Xihuitl – Year Eight Reed.
Embassy of the Indigenous Peoples
802 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
|9:00 AM||Opening Ceremonies – Yaotachcauh Tlahtokan Nahuacalli|
|9:30 AM|| Presentation of Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation by Mayor
|10:00 AM||Remarks by Invited Dignitaries|
|10:15 AM|| Reading of Indigenous Peoples Day Proclamation by the Salt
River Pima Maricopa Indian Community
|10:30|| Presentation by Archeologist Mark Hackbarth.
Archaeological Excavations in the Phoenix Convention Center Project Area
|Abstract. Logan Simpson Design conducted archaeological excavations in 2006 for the City of Phoenix at the planned Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix. Excavations discovered the first Early Agriculture Period structures and bell-shaped storage pits recognized in the Phoenix Basin. Red Mountain phase houses were also discovered, along with later Hohokam structures. On-going artifact and feature analysis indicate the site has a high potential for providing new perspectives about the past.|
|11:30||Nican Tlacah Ilhuitl – Chicuey Acatl Xihuitl|
|12:30||Closing Ceremony by Nahuacalli Neighborhood Association|
Mandate of the Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Peoples Caucus
Nican Tlacah Ilhuitl - Indigenous Peoples Day - Chicuey Acatl Xihuitl