From Doctrine to Declaration

Thursday, June 25, 2015 to Friday, June 26, 2015
Event Description: 

From Doctrine to Declaration 

Summary: a unique gathering of leading Native and non-Native advocates and thinkers to discuss how the rights of Indigenous Peoples can move forward in the United States. 


Venue: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC 

Date: 25-26 June, 2015 

Workshop description: 

‘From Doctrine to Declaration’ is a unique gathering of leading, mostly Native, advocates, academics and practitioners along with an audience of policymakers, think tanks, grant-making foundations and non-governmental organizations to discuss how the rights of Indigenous Peoples can move forward in the United States. This high-level policy workshop, hosted by the University of St Andrews, Scotland and the College of William and Mary, seeks to examine both the ongoing impact of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery – one of the most anti-indigenous international doctrines in existence - and the implications of recent U.S. support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Such support has seen the US Department of State announce that the Declaration ‘expresses aspirations of the United States, aspirations that this country seeks to achieve within the structure of the U.S. Constitution, laws, and international obligations, while also seeking, where appropriate, to improve our laws and policies’. With a focus on a range of issues currently facing Indian Country - including child welfare, environment, treaty rights, federal recognition, and education – this workshop represents a unique opportunity to take part in a discussion that is long-overdue. Join us, and be part of the conversation. 


Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land and numerous sacred places. She has developed key federal Indian law since 1975, including the most important national policy advances in the modern era for the protection of Native American culture and arts. On November 24, 2014, Suzan Shown Harjo was awarded the United States highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 


Denise Altvater (Passamaquoddy) - Wabanaki Youth Program Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee 

Esther Attean (Passamaquoddy) - Co-Director, Maine-Wabanaki REACH 

Charlotte Bacon - Executive Director, Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Penthea Burns - Co-Director, Maine-Wabanaki REACH 

Prof. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Alaska-Inuit) - Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 

Prof. Peter d'Errico - Professor Emeritus at University of Massachusetts - Amherst 

Clarice Friloux (Houma) - Member, Louisiana Environment Action Network 

gkisedtanamoogk (Wampanoag, Otter Clan) - Commissioner, Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Birgil Kills Straight (Oglala Lakota) – Co-Director, Indigenous Law Institute 

Professor Robert J. Miller (Shawnee) - Professor, Arizona State University 

Steven T. Newcomb (Lenape/Shawnee) - Co-Director, Indigenous Law Institute 

Prof. Darren Ranco (Penobscot) - Chair of Native American Programs, University of Maine - Orono 

Brenda Dardar Robichaux (Houma) - Board Member, Bayou Healers 

Prof. Rebecca Sockbeson (Penobscot) - Professor, University of Alberta 

Dr. Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway) - Historian, National Museum of the American Indian 

Monique Verdin (Houma) - Multidisciplinary Artist 

Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) - Commissioner, Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Sheldon Wolfchild (Mdewakanton Dakota) - Documentary Filmmaker and former Tribal President at the Lower Sioux Reservation, Minnesota.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC, DC 20036-2103
United States