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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Remarks
Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, U.S. Mission to the United Nations
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
New York City
April 20, 2010

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"Last month, President Obama signed a historic reform of the U.S. health care system that includes important provisions to reduce the gaping health care disparities that Native Americans still face. Signing and implementing this landmark law constitutes a major step toward fulfilling our national responsibility to provide high-quality, affordable health care to all citizens, including American Indians and Alaska Natives."

"I am pleased to announce today that the United States has decided to review our position regarding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."

"During President Obama's first year in office, tribal leaders encouraged the United States to reexamine its position on the Declaration, an important recommendation that directly complements our commitment to work together with the international community on the many challenges that indigenous peoples face."

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