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We are sad to announce that Kenneth Cane, founder and chairman of Canku Luta, began his journey to the spirit world on November 4, 2011. Arrangements are pending.


Today, November 29th, 2004, at 11 am, we, Indigenous Peoples' delegates, declare a hunger strike and spiritual fast inside the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, during this 3rd week of the 10th session of the Intersessional Working Group on the United Nations Draft Declaration for the Rights on Indigenous Peoples.

We, Indigenous peoples' delegates from different countries, undertake this action, with the support and solidarity of Indigenous Peoples and organizations from around the world, to call the world's attention to the continued attempts by some states, as well as this UN process itself, to weaken and undermine the Draft Declaration developed in the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations and adopted by the UN Subcommission for the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1994.

The Sub Commission text has also been endorsed and supported by hundreds of Indigenous Peoples and organizations around the world as the minimum standard required for the recognition and protection of Indigenous Peoples' rights internationally.

We delegates who will undertake the hunger strike, along with the undersigned Indigenous Peoples, organizations, tribal governments, Nations, communities and Networks, call for the Sub Commission text of the Declaration to be sent back to the UN Commission on Human Rights with the message that in 10 years, proposals by States to weaken or amend the text have not gained the consensus of the Working Group participants, which include both states and Indigenous Peoples.

Mr. Luis Chavez, the Chairman Rapporteur of the Working Group should report this reality and not present a "consolidated text" as if it was "close to consensus." The Commission on Human Rights must establish a process that does not provide a handful of States an opportunity to weaken the human rights of Indigenous Peoples. The process also must take into account the voices of the great numbers of Indigenous Peoples from all parts of the world.

We will not allow our rights to be negotiated, compromised or diminished in this UN process, which was initiated more than 20 years ago by Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations itself says that human rights are inherent and inalienable, and must be applied to all Peoples without discrimination.

We request that the Secretariat of this session immediately inform the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the High Commissioner herself of this action. We also request that the Secretariat arrange for the hunger strikers to be able remain in the UN during the entire week of the session.

Indigenous delegates participating in the hunger strike inside the United Nations include:

Adelard Blackman, Buffalo River Dene Nation, Canada;

Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, Arizona United States;

Alexis Tiouka, Kaliña, French Guyana;

Charmaine White Face, Ogala Tetuwan, Sioux Nation Territory, North America;

Danny Billie, Traditional Independent Seminole Nation of Florida, United States;

Saul Vicente, Zapoteca, Mexico.

Send expressions of solidarity from Indigenous Peoples and supporters for the "hunger strike for Indigenous Rights" and for the adoption of the current text of the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the UN Session during this week.

Send faxes to: ++ 41 22 917 00 79 (DoCip, for logistic support)

E-mails to:

To have your support letter posted on the IITC web page, also send it to:, with "to post" in the subject line.

For more information in Geneva contact:

Andrea Carmen (English, Spanish), IITC, 076 546 04 21
(for International calls dial ++ 41 76 546 04 21)

Cyril Schönbächler (French, English), IndiGeneva, 078 716 52 39 or 022 733 28 73

(for International calls dial ++ 41 78 716 52 39 or ++ 41 22 733 28 73)

Anne-Marie Cruz (French, English, Spanish), IndiGeneva, 076 450 83 18
(for International calls dial ++ 41 76 450 83 18)

The following organizations, Nations, Tribal Governments and communities have signed on in support of this action and of the position we present:


Indigenous Peoples African Coordinating Committee (IPACC)


Asociación Mapuche los Toldos

Organizacion de Naciones y Pueblos Indígenas en Argentina

Comisión de Juristas en la República de Argentina


Parlamento del Pueblo Kullana Aymara


Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition

Kasgit Council of Elders, Nutmlak (Inherent Traditional Government), Iupik Nation, Alaska

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government, Alaska


Alifurus in Maluku (Moluccas)


Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB)

Taypi Ceqe (Organización Indígena Aymara)


Buffalo River Dene Nation

Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations

Ermineskin Cree Nation

Indigenous Organization of Indigenous Resource Development (IOIRD)

Innu Council of Nitassinan

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs


Consejo de Todas las Tierras


Akuaipa Waimakat (Asociación de Derechos Humanos Wayuu de la Guajira)

Organización Zonal Indígena del Putumayo (OZIP)


Instituto Cientifico de Culturas Indigenas (Amawta Runakunapak Yachay)

French Guyana

Fédération des Organisations autochtones de Guyane (FOAG), membre de la COICA


Comite Campesina del Altiplano (CCDA)


Defensoria Maya

Fundacion Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala)

Oxlajuj Ajpop de los Ajq'ijab' (Conferencia Nacional de Ministros de la Espritualidad Maya de Guatemala)


Maimyoito Pastoralist Intgegrated Organization


Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos

Agencia Internacional de Prensa India (AIPIN)

Alianza de Organizaciones Sociales

Alianza de Pueblos Indígena de la Sierra Oriente del Estado de México

Alianza Indígena Mexicana-Anipa Hidalgo

Anipa Chihuahua

Anipa Guerrero

Anipa Quintana Roo

Anipa Tabasco

Asamblea Nacional Indígena Plural por la Autonomía

Asamblea Nacional por la Autonomia (ANIPA)

Asociacion Nacional de Abogados Democraticos (ANAD)

Axale, S.S.S.

Centro de Derechos Humanos Yaxkin

Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social, A.C.

Centro para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas del Alto Balsas

Centros de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa



Cesem A.C.

Coalicion de Atencion a la Juventud

Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos A.C.

Consejo de la Nación Amuzga

Consejo de la Nacion Nahua

Consejo de la Nacionalidad Otomí

Consejo de Organizaciones Triquis

Consejo de Pueblos Nahuas del Alto Balsas, Guerrero, A.C.

Consejo Indígena Municipal Chocholteco

Consejo Indígena Popular de Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magón" (CIPO-RFM - Oaxaca)

Consejo Mazahua Región Almoloya de Juárez

Consejo Tradicional de los Pueblos Indios de Sonora

Cooperativa Flores de la Tierra Amuzga

Coordinadora de Grupos Culturales Indígenas y Populares

Coordinadora Guerrerense de Mujeres Indígenas

Coordinadora Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas

Coordinadora Regional de Organizaciones Indígenas de la Sierra de Zongolica

Educa A.C.

Federación de Indígenas Migrantes de Acapulco

Foro Migraciones

Fraternidad Revolucionaria

Frente Independiente de Pueblos Indios

Frente Indigena Campesino y Popular (FICAPO, A.P.N.)

Fundación Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Mexico)

Incide Social

Jovenes En Alternativa Pacifica

La Coordinadora Nacional de Mujeres Indigenas

Mephaa-Savi Mujeres Indígenas

Nacion Purepecha Zapatista

Ndu Nu Ñu Savi

Noche Sihuame Sanse Tajome

Organización de Artesanos Migrantes "Tonhalli"

Organización Nación Purhepecha

Parlamento Indígena Estatal Campesino y Popular

Red Codapi

Red Indígena de Turismo Alternativo de México

Red Indígena de Turismo de México

Regiones Autónomas Pluriétnicas

Se Ojtli Yankuik, A.C.

Secretariado Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con América Latina
"Oscar A. Romero" (SICSAL)


Taller Universitario de Derechos Humanos A. C.

Umbral Axochiatl

Yoloxochitl SPR


Tamaynut (Amazigh Peoples)


Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Nation of Hawaii (Hawaii)

Sovereign Union of Aboriginal Nations and Peoples in Australia

Te Rau Aroha (Aotearoa/New Zealand)


Asociación Nabguana

Comunidad de Ustupu, Kuna Yala

Fundación Dobbo Yala

Fundación para la Promoción del Conocimiento Indígena

Jóvenes Ngobe - Bugle

Movimiento Juventud Kuna

Nis Bundor

Organización de Jóvenes Embera - Wounam de Panamáde

Red de Mujeres sobre la Biodiversidad

United States

Abya Yala Nexus

Cactus Valley/Red Willow Springs Sovereign Community, Big Mountain, Arizona

Centro Mundo Maya

El Colectivo de Contacto Ancestral

Indigenous Environmental Network

Pit River Tribe, California

Seminole Sovereignty Protection Initiative, Oklahoma

Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council

Traditional Independent Seminole Nation of Florida

Wanblee Wakpeh Oyate, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

White Clay Society, Fort Belknap Reservation, Montana

Yoemem Tekia Foundation (Pascua Yaqui Reservation, Arizona)


Coordinadora Indígena de la Cuenca Amazonica (COICA)

Indigenous World Association

International Indian Treaty Council

Land is Life

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We are seeking monetary donations for the following items.  Or if you are able to donate any of these items, please contact us:


Camping Gear

Large Yardages of Heavy Canvas for Tipi Making


Portable Road Grader

Cooking Equipment for Large Groups

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Wood Cook Stoves

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Medicine man seeks unity, peace among all people

By: Laurie Pearson, Staff Writer, January 29, 2003

Elk Valley Times

In an attempt to reawaken the spirituality and unity of the Native American Indians, Kenneth Cane, a Lakota Medicine Man from the Pine Ridge (Oglala) Reservation in South Dakota, journeyed for more than two days to join in traditional ceremonies with area people.

"We are trying to gather all of the spiritual people. We have found an essential location here to uplift the spirituality ... We would like to invite all walks of life," said Cane the evening before last Saturday's ceremony.

"I feel proud with the people here that are strong with spirituality," he said.

In a more solemn tone, he speaks of the Cherokee Indians' dim past in this area and the atrocities the Indian people have suffered through the centuries.

"We come here to create a better understanding - to recognize each other as nations in songs, Sun dances and other ceremonies that create adoption and togetherness as an Indian people," Cane explained.

He spoke of an upcoming concert and gathering at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in which Indians, non-Indians and their children are invited to participate in a prayer circle and powwow on Feb. 27.

"In Wounded Knee, we would like to bring in people who are a part of any struggle together and to those people who want to be very independent," Cane said warmly.

Having lived the majority of his life in the Black Hills, his life is steeped in rich traditions and knowledge passed down through the centuries by his ancestors.

"I come from a medicine circle," he said.

His great-grandfathers were medicine men, who passed down the history, ceremonies, medicines and songs to the younger generations.

His famous great-grandfather Crazy Horse, Thosunka Witko, an Oglala Sioux, played a prominent role in history in trying to protect the culture of his people and their land.

Cane says the American Indian has come a long way. He expressed an expectation for complete sovereignty of the Lakota Nation in the future.

Cane is the chairman of Canku Luta, a national 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. In the language of the Lakota people, Canku Luta means Red Road - The Good Road of Life.

"Canku Luta is a grassroots movement consisting of American Indians and non-Indians committed to the preservation of American Indian customs and culture, promotes the social welfare of American Indians through education and direct services when necessary and appropriate," according to the organization's mission statement.

The services include providing food, materials for home repairs and opportunities for self-employment among grassroots American Indian Peoples.

Through Red Road, people are educated about the practice of ceremonies and medicine of the Laws of Nature, which are ancient, traditional, spiritual ways.

This includes language, religion, livelihood and nationhood as taught by traditional headsmen and elders of all spiritual levels.

©Elk Valley Times 2003

Cankú Lúta, in the language of the Lakota people, means Red Road. The Red Road is the Good Road of Life, the path that we aspire to walk with our children and their children, and ALL OUR RELATIONS.

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