Confederation of Eagle and Condor Honored at UN
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
The Sacred Staffs of the Confederacy of
the Eagle and the Condor arrived at the United Nations headquarters
this morning and were received by the traditional leadership of the
Haudenausaunee Confederacy. The Haudenausaunee, also known as the
People of the Longhouse, are here in New York along with Indigenous
Peoples from around the world attending the second session of the
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, an advisory body to the Economic
and Social Council.
Mr. Wilton Littlechild of the Cree Nation and also member of the
Permanent Forum led the legation which took the Sacred Staffs into the
UN Headquarters where they were acknowledged and received ceremonially
before the assembled delegates of other Indigenous Confederations from
around the world. The Sacred Staffs were given the honor of being
placed at the forefront of the Permanent Forum platform throughout the
day where they were guarded by the Peace and Dignity runners.
During the forum, Mr. Littlechild reported to the United Nations of
his visit as rapporteur of the Permanent Forum to the traditional
gathering of Aztlan Indigenous Nations held in Izkalotlan in March of
this year. The Declaration and Plan of Action of this Tlahtokan Aztlan
submitted to the Permanent Forum is now an official UN Document and is
available at http://www.tonatierra.org.
Archive of Aztlan
The act of international recognition, acceptance and establishment
within the protocols of the United Nations system of the Archive of
Aztlan fulfills the need for a reference system of indigenous
international law wherein an archive of Treaties, Accords, and
constructive agreements shall serve to define the relationship between
the Indigenous Nations and the states. Until this point, the only
official references have come from the systems established by
colonization and subjugation to regimes of domination of the
Indigenous Peoples and territories which is now illegal under
Called upon to address the morning session of the second session of
the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues the Confederation of the
Eagle and the Condor made the call to other indigenous confederacies
of nations from other continents and regions of the world to join
efforts in mutual support and recognition.
"We have made this journey to the door of the United Nations
headquarters as an assertion of our self determination, our right to
self definition and spiritual fulfillment as Indigenous Nations of the
Earth. The government states of the United Nations system may have
status as internationally recognized governments, states, or
government states, but we are the Nations," said Gustavo Gutierrez,
coordinator of the Peace and Dignity Journeys for North America.
The Indigenous Peoples Peace Initiative is one such global
campaign being coordinated from the Nahuacalli, an embassy of
Indigenous Peoples located in Phoenix, Arizona. The Indigenous Peoples
Peace Initiative is an expression of the resistance of the Indigenous
Nations to the calls to war by the government states of the world.
During the today's session the delegation of Tlahtokan Nahaucalli
submitted the Map of Aztlan for incorporation in the now established
Archive of Aztlan here at the UN.
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