13 09 2010

TONATIERRA

Press Release

Date: Sunday September 12, 2010

Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta Tel: (602) 466-8367

www.tonatierra.org

POHUALTLAHTOYAN

Tribunal de los Pueblos

Phoenix, AZ – Gathered in traditional assembly at the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples in Phoenix, Arizona delegations of Indigenous Peoples made public yesterday a set of Actions of Discovery to uncover the Domains of Doctrine that have been imposed upon the territories of the Nations and Pueblos of Abya Yala [the Americas] in violation of the Right of Self Determination and in violation of the Rights of Mother Earth since October 12, 1492.

On Saturday September 11, 2010 a gathering of the POHUALTLAHTOYAN, Tribunal de los Pueblos convened at the Nahuacalli for a two day session that will address the violations of Civil Rights, Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, and Rights of Mother Earth in the territories referenced by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between the US and Mexico (1848).

This gathering is projected as a regional venue for Indigenous Peoples to formulate a collective process to rectify the historical and present day systemic injustices in a spirit of self-determination and with respect for the Rights of Mother Earth.

With the adoption on September 13, 2007 by the General Assembly of the United Nations of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a new context of evaluation for these issues is realized, cutting across domestic policies of “Indian Law”, challenging centuries of legal doctrine at the continental level, and moving into an age of global recognition, respect, and protection for the Right of Self Determination for the Nations and Pueblos of Indigenous Peoples.

The POHUALTLATOYAN is a regional grassroots initiative that intends to move this process forward, implementing the systemic standards established by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to bring clarity and rectification to our mutual responsibilities and shared relationships as children of the Nations and Pueblos of Mother Earth.

One specific Aciton of Discovery is a communication to the Traditional Leadership of the Tribal Nations to inquire as to the specific histories and narratives of the tribal Nations of Indigenous Peoples affected by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848) and the Gadsen Purchase (1853) that would shed light on this question:

“By what mechanism or legal procedure were the land rights, sovereignty and jurisdiction of your sovereign Tribal Nation either transferred to the Government of the Republic of Mexico (1848-1853), or surrendered to the US government on a Nation to Nation basis?”

An a official archive of testimony, evidence, and rectification has been established by the POHUALTLAHTOYAN, Tribunal de los Pueblos which is to be facilitated by a secretariat of the Nahuacalli to provide continuity to the process of rectification.

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NAHUACALLI

Embassy of Indigenous Peoples

www.nahuacalli.org


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