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AIIS 2910 - Indigeneity as Rights: Haudenosaunee Rights Advocacy

(CA-AG, HA-AG)      
Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

U. Piasta-Mansfield.

The Haudenosaunee have maintained their sovereign rights over their territories and members of their Confederacy despite contact with European settlers. For over 100 years now, they asserted these rights by travelling on Haudenosaunee passports and seeking audience at various international fora. These actions eventually paved the way for the ratification of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007. What does it mean to possess rights, and what are the sovereign rights of Indigenous nations that predate European contact? By looking into Indigenous cultural, colonial, political, and legal histories, we will examine the perspective from which the Haudenosaunee advocated for all Indigenous Peoples’ inherent and collective rights.

Outcome 1: Perform close and critical readings of assigned primary and secondary sources, including as treaties, covenants, doctrines and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Outcome 2: Evaluate the methods of disciplinary forms of writing, and conduct textual analysis.

Outcome 3: Articulate the concept of Indigenous inherent and collective rights as distinct from human rights discourse.

Outcome 4: Situate these rights within the Haudenosaunee Knowledge System and their foundational texts.

Outcome 5: Trace the steps of the Haudenosaunee activists that set the stage for the discussion of Indigenous rights on the International forum, and synthesize the positions they were articulating.

Outcome 6: Conduct a comparative analysis of Draft Declaration and UNDRIP and critically assess the success of UNDRIP.

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