BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College will host a visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Wednesday, March 1 at the college, 3315 University Drive in Bismarck.

UN Special Rapporteur Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will conduct an official country visit to the United States from February 21 to March 3, 2017. Her visit will focus on energy development and indigenous people. Ms. Tauli-Corpuz will collect testimony on a variety of topics, including the impacts of third-party energy development on tribal rights and resources, hurdles tribes have faced in developing their own energy resources, and any other experiences relating to energy generally.

On March 1 an open regional consultation with local indigenous communities is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UTTC cafeteria conference room. The session is aimed at discussing and collecting testimony on issues related to energy development on indigenous peoples such as, extractive industries (oil, coal, natural gas, etc.), renewable energy (solar, wind, hydroelectric), Tribal Consultation, Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, Sites of religious, Cultural or Historical significance, Environmental Impacts, Public Health, Social Effects, and Indigenous ownership of natural resources.

To register please visit:  https://goo.gl/forms/xP2FaCvd8LlbBOy63\

For questions please contact UNSRindigenousUSvisit2016@gmail.com or indigenous@ohchr.org

More information: Jesse D. Heibel Jesse.Heibel@colorado.edu.

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