Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday March 27 as she interviews Bill Means, Oglala, founder of the International Indian Treaty Council that worked extensively with other indigenous groups on the passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007. Mr. Means is currently working to bring attention to newly introduced legislation.
On March 20 Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega and colleagues introduced H.R. 1278, the Non-Disparagement of Native American Persons or Peoples in Trademark Registration Act of 2013.This bill seeks to clarify certain protections provided by the Trademark Act of 1946 (Lanham Act), which prohibits registration of trademarks that use disparaging terms like “redskin.”The following Members of Congress are original cosponsors of H.R. 1278:Tom Cole (R-OK), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Karen Bass (D-CA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), John Lewis (D-GA), Michael Honda (D-CA), and Donna Christensen (D-VI).
Bill Means has been a member of AIM since 1970 but a member of a family that sought to restore Lakota lands and justice for all Indian people. He has been leadership positions in AIM and other organizations. He was executive director of American Indian OIC and the MN state OIC office.
Founder: International Indian Treaty Council
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007