Los Angeles County Democratic Party Vice Chair Bobbie Jean Anderson released the following statement on Indigenous Peoples Day:
Since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007, the inalienable rights of Indigenous Peoples throughout the world have been established with a universal framework of standards for survival, dignity, and well-being. On this Indigenous Peoples Day, we recognize progress has been made since the implementation of the declaration, but we also must recognize the major issues that these indigenous communities still face every day.
“When a community that represents less than five percent of the world’s population accounts for 15 percent of the world’s poorest, work must be done to ensure the stature and survival of these incredible cultures remains intact. When we are at risk of losing an estimated 7,000 languages from 5,000 different cultures, work must be done to make their voices heard.
“The implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has seen major successes at the national and international levels, but despite these achievements there continue to be measurable gaps between formal recognition of these groups and the implementation of policies that have a meaningful impact.
“The Los Angeles County Democratic Party is committed to fighting for the rights of indigenous cultures in Los Angeles County and beyond, from the Gabrielinos to the Chumash, to the Tatviam. LACDP will continue its fight on behalf of the rights of all disenfranchised people and communities.”