Center for Indigenous Peoples Rights Annual Gathering 2023, Day Two

The Center for Indigenous Peoples Rights (CIPR) Annual Gathering 2023 is a convening of Indigenous law and policy practitioners, community leaders, and culture bearers to highlight regional efforts, share best practices, and to elevate issues for discussion and action-planning. This year’s theme, Reclaiming + Repatriating, refers to the law and policy efforts of Indigenous peoples and communities reclaiming their lands and identities, as well repatriating sacred objects and ancestral remains back to their respective homes. The conference spanned three days from October 20-22 at three different locations: the US Federal Courthouse, Roger Williams University School of Law, and Potumtuk at Mt. Hope in Bristol, RI. Click here for the Opening Remarks, click here for the Year in Review, click here for Litigating at the IACHR, click here for Repatriation of Ancestral Artifacts and Remains, click here for Repatriating and Reclaiming Land (Potumtuk site visit), click here for Protecting and Preserving Our Language, click here for The Forms of Recognition, click here for Practitioner Pipeline Development, and click here for Closing Remarks.

(Above) Dr. Taino Palermo, Esq. and Raymond “Two Hawks” Watson, JD, led the second day of the conference at Roger Williams University in downtown Providence.

(Above) Speakers for the second day included Nicole Friedrichs of the Suffolk University School of Law, Kimberly Toney of the John Carter Brown Library, and Andrew Reid of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

An afternoon session was held in the rain at Potumtuk in Bristol, RI and speakers included Pokanoket Sagamore Winds of Thunder, Historian Strong Turtle, and Sachem Dancing Star. Harry “Hawk” Edmonds offered a sacred tobacco prayer, and a poem by Elsie “Sunflower” Morrison was read by her niece, “She Who Walks with the Wind.”

The Center for Indigenous Peoples Rights (CIPR) is a Rhode Island nonprofit organization that provides free legal services and critical nation-building technical assistance to meet the needs of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous nations exercising their inherent rights to self-governance and cultural, social, and economic development. The CIPR also engages in policy research and development to address the challenges impacting Indigenous peoples and Indigenous nations and to advance the policy interests of Indigenous peoples.