Rob Kajiwara

Self-Determination for Alaska & Hawaii: Re-examining UNGA Resolution 1469

October 10, 2021 Rob Kajiwara
Rob Kajiwara
Self-Determination for Alaska & Hawaii: Re-examining UNGA Resolution 1469
Show Notes

IN 1959 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 1469 under the mistaken belief that the people of Alaska and Hawaii had exercised their right to self-determination and consented to be integrated into the United States of America as the 49th and 50th States, respectively. The error aided and abetted the United States in its subjugation and pillaging of the people and lands of Alaska and Hawaii; causing serious injury and trauma to three generations people, depriving them of the right to self-governance and the right to determine access to and use of their lands and resources.

This event is part of the United Nations Human Rights Council 48th Session, October 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is under the auspices of Incomindios, an NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. 


Robert Kajiwara


Ambassador Ronald Barnes of the Native peoples of Alaska. He was first appointed as the Director of Foreign Relations by the Tununak Elders Council; Chair of Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition for Alaska. The entity is designated as the free political institution and is now supported by the vast majority of Tribal Governments in Alaska. Ambassador Barnes resides in Geneva and is the head of mission
for the Alaska decolonization movement. He has worked tirelessly for nearly thirty years in advocacy for the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Alaska.

Madame Patty Heyano is from Bristol Bay, Dillingham and Aleknagik, Alaska. She participated in the 1992 " Fish-In" when President George HW Bush ordered the state of Alaska not to arrest the Native Alaskan non-violent demonstrators against the illegal state of Alaska and the United States of America. She is currently the Secretary for the Elders Council in Southwest Alaska supporting efforts to gain recognition for Alaska's international legal and political status.

H.E. Leon Kaulahao Siu, Minister of Foreigna Affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Minister Siu is a prominent strategist, advocate and spokesman for Hawaii’s independence. He is a familiar participant in Geneva at the
Human Rights Council and is working to restore or develop new relations
between the Hawaiian Kingdom and other states. He is the chair of the
Decolonization Alliance based in New York City, a co-author of the book,
Modus Vivendi Situation of West Papua and was nominated for the 2017
Nobel Peace Prize. 

Madame Laulani Teale, a peace builder, activist and musician from Windward O’ahu, one of the Hawaiian Islands.  She is the Coordinator of Ho’opae Pono Peace Project, an Affiliate of Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples.  She is trained in laau lapaau (traditional herbal medicine), ho’oponopono (traditional peace process), and midwifery.  She is also an artist, mother, and community health worker.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health, specializing in community health development and addressing health issues related to colonization and activism. 

Professor Alfred de Zayas of the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He is a leading expert in the field of humanrights and international law and high-ranking United Nations official. He was
the original UN Independent Expert for a Democratic and Equitable
International Order. He is also a former senior lawyer with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary of the Human Rights
Committee, and the Chief of Petitions. He has authored a number of books in several languages. His latest book is "Building a Just World Order" by Clarity Press.

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