Video: Earth Rights and Indigenous Sovereignty in an International Human Rights Framework with Andy Reid

This webinar was organized on July 9, 2020 by the National Lawyers Guild’s Environmental Human Rights Committtee and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Committee.

The webinar focused on the concept of “earth rights,” indigenous sovereignty and resistance, and the use of international human rights norms, with reflections on lessons from the Black Hills, #NoDAPL and current KXL struggles.

Speaker: Andrew B. Reid, JD, LLM

Andrew (“Andy”) Reid, a social activist since birth, has over four decades of experience litigating high-profile matters of civil and human rights at all levels. He has represented a wide diversity of clients, but has chosen to specialize in working with Native nations and organizations and Mother Earth. He cut his legal teeth working with Seminole elders in Oklahoma and the Sokaogon Chippewa in Wisconsin on treaty claims, and on the restoration of the government of the Menominee Nation following Restoration.

He then moved on to the Black Hills where, as staff counsel for the Black Hills Alliance, he helped to successfully protect the sacred Paha Sapa from destructive uranium mining. He currently serves as special counsel for the Oglala Sioux Nation in its challenge to the Crow Butte uranium mine on unceded treaty lands and is a member of the Water Protectors Legal Collective formed in response to the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. He is also counsel for several Native corporations in hemp grow and solar energy projects. Over the last ten years Andy has expanded his analysis to include international law and indigenous peoples, including the laws of occupation, colonization, national liberation, and restorative justice and reparations. In that capacity, he has appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as expert on the rights of members of the Lil’Wat Nation and consulted with the Onondaga Nation on land claims, and has participated in conferences at the UN as counsel for indigenous peoples and for NGOs on climate change and Mother Earth.

He is also counsel with the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, where he teaches advanced courses in international law, human rights, indigenous peoples, federal Indian law, and environmental ethics and justice, and frequently presents as an expert in these areas.

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