Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: A Historical and Contemporary Global Movement

A joint presentation by Judy Bertonazzi and Julie Rowland with commentary by Connie FileSteel

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
3:15 to 5:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library, Penn State University

Centre County Chapter United Nations Association, USA
PSU Office of Global Programs
PSU Center for Global Studies
ICIK (Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge)

This joint presentation by Julie Rowland and Judy Bertonazzi will describe the circumstances leading to the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and will highlight some of the legal issues and conflicts that may be involved in the implementation of a UN Declaration that is supported by the executive branch of the U.S. government, but has not been ratified by Congress. The presentation will emphasize Native American rights. Following the presentation, a commentary from the perspective of Native Americans in the U.S. will be provided by Connie FileSteel.
Julie Rowland
is a Penn State graduate student enrolled in a joint program in the Law School and the College of Education. She was a CC UNA/ ICIK intern in spring 2012 and in this role, she authored “The New Legal Context of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Judy Bertonazzi has completed her doctoral coursework in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is writing her dissertation. She recently authored a chapter on “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights” that was published in the September 2012 issue of The Encyclopedia of Global Social Issues.
Connie L. FileSteel
is a Ph.D student in Penn State’s Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education, as well as an alumna of the American Indian Leadership Program. Connie is an enrolled member of the White Clay and Assiniboine Tribes, located on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation in North Central Montana.

The event is free and open to the public and can also be viewed live on Media Site at <>. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Helen Sheehy, / 814-863-1347, in advance of your participation.

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The program will begin with the short slideshow below