Let's cut to the chase...

In December 2010 President Obama declared that the United States would sign the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Endorsed by 145 countries in 2007, the U.S. initially voted against it for obvious reasons; parts of provisions state that indigenous peoples "have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied, or otherwise used and acquired."

After years of foot dragging the United States became the last major country to sign the declaration.

In the words of activist/attorney Kevin Zeese:

"In the past few years, there has been a reawakening and tremendous growth of the First Nations and Native Indian rights movements. They have become a guidepost for many non-Native environmental justice activists who look to them for leadership and guidance. The effort continues for recognition that indigenous peoples share the universal rights that all humans share. The historic prejudice and destruction of their culture and land will begin to be corrected only when their sovereignty is respected. These are aspirations that remain unfulfilled, but the struggle to achieve them continues."

I could not agree more.

U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in it's entirety here:

"Everything that has ever happened to us is there to make us stronger."
-John Trudell