Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in Commemoration of Native American Heritage Month

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
November 1, 2010


Today, I am proud to join President Obama in celebrating the beginning of Native American Heritage Month. Native Americans have made profound contributions to America’s civic and cultural life and tremendous sacrifices in defense of the United States, from the time of the American Revolution to the present day. The heritage of Native Americans and their ancestors is worthy of the respect and admiration of all Americans.

The Obama Administration is committed to strengthening the U.S. government’s relationship with native communities. In April, I announced that the U.S. has undertaken an unprecedented review of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In October, the Administration hosted Tribal Leaders, government officials and NGOs, during the period of public input for the review. This followed consultations in June in Rapid City, South Dakota and in July at the Department of State. The Obama Administration recognizes that for many people around the world, the Declaration offers a framework for addressing indigenous issues. The review reflects our understanding of the Declaration’s importance to many.

During Native American Heritage Month, the United States proudly celebrates the heritage of Native Americans. And we remain steadfastly committed to the work of strengthening our legal and political relationships with native communities.


PRN: 2010/253