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Topic A: Rights of Indigenous Peoples in an increasingly globalized World

Over two million Native Americans live in the United States and there are 565 federally recognized Indian tribes, and also other indigenous communities. The federally recognized Indian tribes as political entities have inherent sovereign powers of self-governance which includes a wide range of internal and territorial affairs. But Native Americans are not the only indigenous peoples in the United States. The State Hawaii is home of another indigenous people, the Native Hawaiians. The U.S. government facilitates the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which enables a formation process for a Native Hawaiian governing entity, similar to the federally recognized Indian tribes. The U.S. government supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Moreover, it is not legally binding for the United States because the United States did not sign the Declaration. Nevertheless, the U.S. government asserts that the Declaration has ethic and political force. Considering the U.S. support to the Declaration, the government also supports the Declaration’s goal to ...

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