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Invisible Law, Visible

Landow, Kai

Come on a journey with me; put aside prejudices that Original Peoples have had to contend with from other cultures, and strip away the layers of descriptions projected upon Original Peoples, and especially those self-descriptions misapplied to their own identities, communities and fundamental understandings of their arrival in this “distant land of laws,” known by its foreign control. Ask yourselves about the “Fundamental” law that governs how we have all come to understand our “rights.” What governs the responsibilities we have to each other, our environment and our inherent right to continue our traditions that has preserved peoples for thousands of years? This is not a debate between imperialism and its colonial practices; rather it is a debate between free minds and colonized minds. Original Peoples have lived under the assumption that their prison door is forever locked, I challenge that status by declaring that Original Peoples have the key to open the prison door which separates them from their traditional laws, rights, and freedom.


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Published In
Indigenous Peoples’ Access To Justice, Including Truth And Reconciliation Processes
373 - 389
Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
Publication Origin
New York
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Institute for the Study of Human Rights


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