IITC’s annual sunrise gatherings on Alcatraz Island in October and November were attended by over 6000 participants this year.

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Defending Human Rights

Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law. — Article 1, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Food Sovereignty

“Food Sovereignty is the right of Peoples to define their own policies and strategies for the sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of food, with respect for their own cultures and their own systems of managing natural resources and rural areas, and is considered to be a precondition for Food Security” — Declaration of Atitlán, First Indigenous Peoples’ Global Consultation on the Right to Food, Sololá, Guatemala, April 17 – 19, 2002

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Environmental Health

Indigenous peoples have the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of their lands or territories and resources… — Article 29, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Treaties & Standard Setting

“Treaties between sovereign nations explicitly entail agreements with represent “the supreme law of the land” binding each party to an inviolate international relationship.” — The Declaration of Continuing Independence, IITC founding conference, June 1977, Standing Rock South Dakota