Mililani Trask



Mililani Trask

Indigenous Nation: Kanaka Maoli
Nation State: USA
Language(s): English
UN Region: Western Europe and Other States

MILILANI TRASK, Gibson Foundation, Hilo, Hawaii

Mililani Trask is a Native Hawaiian attorney with an extensive background on Native Hawaiian land trusts, resources and legal entitlements. Her work has been cited by the Hawaii Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and published by Cultural Survival and IWGIA magazines on issues relating to native people and human and civil rights. Mililani is a founding member and current chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, a coalition of Native American Women whose work includes community based economic development, social justice, human rights, housing and health. In 2001, she was nominated and appointed as the Pacific representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2002. Mililani was appointed to the position by the President of the Economic Social Council of the United Nations and is currently considered an indigenous expert to the United Nations in international and human rights law. She is an instructor with the International Training Center for Indigenous Peoples in Nuuk, Greenland and a lecturer with the University of Hawaii Center for Hawaiian Studies.

Source: Speaker Bios and Contact Information [opens pdf]; The International Forum on Globalization & Tebtebba Foundation Teach-In: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Economic Globalization A Celebration of Indigenous Sovereignty: Victories, Rights & Cultures; Saturday, November 18, 2006

  Rodolfo Stavenhagen  Mililani Trask

Dialogue between:
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Igorot, Philippines
Mililani Trask, Kanaka Maoli, Sovereign Nation of Hawai'i (USA)
Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Mexico

This Dialogue presents an overview of a recent mission to the Philippines, which was conducted by Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Special UN Rapporteur for the fundamental freedoms and human rights of indigenous peoples, December 1-11, 2002. Tebtebba and various other Indigenous Peoples' organizations and NGO's in the Philippines helped organize this visit of the Special Rapporteur to the communities.

This Dialogue also discusses the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, as well as methodologies and procedures for local communities and governments to engage him on issues requiring his expertise.


Additional links for Mililani Trask on this site:

Inaugural Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Experts - May 13, 2002

Inaugural Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, May 13, 2002 ; Opening Statement as Vice President [Listen to audio - English]

Second Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, May 12, 2003; High-Level Panel Discussion and Dialogue on Indigenous Children and Youth; Part 4 - Speakers from the Floor May 2003 [Listen to audio - English]

Indigenous Peoples, and their struggle for recognition in the international arena “Indigenous Leaders Speak Out” at CUNY in NYC, May 10, 2003  [listen to audio - English]

Second Session United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; May 12, 2003 - Experts

The 'S' Issue - Self Definition [watch video - English]

Ms. Trask explains the Sovereign Nation rights of Indigenous PeopleS of Hawaii. Recorded on location in Beijing at the Global Forum, UN Fourth World conference on Women; Indigenous Women's Biodiversity Workshop; civil, economic, political, social and human rights; refugees; minorities; insular populations.

Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Standard Setting
Advancing the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Critical Challenge for the International Community - Voices from a forum at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights 13 April 2005

Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Process; Review of the UN Decade for the World's Indigenous People; The Indigenous Peoples' Millennium Conference
Abstract: Indigenous Peoples and the UN System

Women, Community Intellectual Rights

Women Members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Statement at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 2004
The Beijing Declaration of Indigenous Women continues to be the foundation for Indigenous Women

World Summit on the Information Society - Indigenous Peoples


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