Black Indians United Legal Defense and Education Fund
5 Tribes Embassy
1866 Treaties-Ethnic (Black) Indians and Freedmen
U.N. Declaration: Ratified
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
Pericu in 1893: Descendants of the First San Diegans
3 Elders born at Mission San Luis Rey
Malcolm J. Rogers (Dean of Southwest Archaeology),
Director of San Diego Museum of Man for 18 Years
In 1959, after a 40 years of study, Malcolm J. Rogers pronounced
(in the Science Section of the San Diego Union Newspaper) that the Ancestors of these Indians, the Pericu, were Small and Dark "Like Australian Blackfellows."
Ratifies U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
On Thursday, December 16, 2011, President Barack H. Obama provided a belated U.S. endorsement on the the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The sad irony (at least for the Indian Freedmen of the 5 Civilized Tribes with a Class Action on behalf of that class pending in the U.S. Supreme Court) is that the announcement was given before an assemblage of 320 personally invited Representatives at the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior, inclusive only of "Federally Recognized Tribes", forsaking all others.
President Obama gave no particulars in his address, which he promised to address later. The United States was one of a handful of countries to refrain from backing the doctrine in the past.
Obama said, "I can announce that the United States is lending its support to this declaration." "The aspirations it affirms--including the respect for the institutions and rich cultures of the Native peoples--are ones we must always seek to fulfill."
Robert Coulter of the Indian Law Resource Center said, in a written statement, "The declaration sets an agenda for the United States and Indian nations to design a reasonable approach to a progressive realization of the duties and responsibilities in it."
"Affirming The Human Right To Nationality As The Gateway
To Enjoyment of all Rights As Civic Members of a State"
There was no mention, by President Obama, of the bold step taken by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights in its ground-breaking landmark decision made 5 years earlier (October 7, 2005), upholding the International Prohibition on Racial Discrimination in Access to Nationality, as it ordered compensation to victims of arbitrary and discriminatory deprivation of Nationality, which is an integral part of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People...language contained in the very Declaration ratified by the United States of America by President Obama.
Deprivation of Nationality and Statelessness is at the core of the mal-position into which it has thrust Ethnic (Black) Indigenous Native Americans and Freedmen of the 5 Civilized Tribes in the United States.
Black Indians United Legal Defense and Education Fund and its members, also welcome the move, but recognizes that even as the President made his announcement, it was pulled off by quietly excluding Indian Freedmen of the 5 Civilized Tribes as participants in a Conference held at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., wherein among 500 participants and 320 Tribal Nation Representatives, not one could manage to wrangle an invitation for Indian Freedmen to witness a historic announcement so potentially beneficial to all Indigenous Peoples who also managed to communicate with the U.S. Department of State on affirming the matter.
On another note, regarding U.S. consideration of the measure for which a State Department Advisory Committee would make a recommendation to President Obama on ratification of the measure, Black Indians United Legal Defense and Education Fund attempted to secure participation for its Representatives through the U.S. Department of State, to its conference on the measure.
A State Department Representative acknowledged the BIU communication, our concern about the omission of Ethnic (Black) Indians and Freedmen.
The State Department Official countered with an invitation to submit an email communique to the Committee, which it would consider and Black Indians United Legal Defense and Education Fund did so, on behalf of Indian Freedmen of the 5 Civilized Tribes.