From Doctrine to Declaration

Date and time: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 22:00 to Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 22:00
Washington, DC


The workshop ‘From Doctrine to Declaration’, hosted by the University of St Andrews, Scotland and the College of William and Mary seeks to bring both the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and the UNDRIP into the public forum of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss how the rights of Indigenous Peoples can move forward in the United States. In particular, the workshop highlights those issues currently facing Indian Country that result from the continued existence of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery - including child welfare, environment, treaty rights, federal recognition, and education – and that in reality have the potential to be addressed by adherence to the UNDRIP. This workshop brings leading, mostly Native, advocates, academics and practitioners together with an invited audience of policymakers, think tanks, grant-making foundations and non-governmental organizations for this much-needed discussion.


• Keynote Address - Suzan Shown Harjo

• The Doctrine of Discovery and its Impact on U.S. Tribal Relations

• The Houma people and the lost Delta territories: from La Salle and the Louisiana Purchase to the coastal crises of the 21st century

• The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Journey

• Truth, Healing, Change: Cross-cultural Collaboration of Maine-Wabanaki REACH

• Decolonizing the Chalkboard: Bringing Native American Narratives and Methodologies into the Classroom and Lecture Hall

• Replacing the Doctrine: Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States

How to Attend

Registration and tickets are required and can be purchased through the conference website.

The conference will be held in the Root Room, 2nd floor, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC

For More Information

Please contact the organizers via the From Doctrine to Declaration website.