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As an Indigenous Peoples Human Rights activist I will be speaking on Indigenous movements and the fight for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. My focus has been on the Immigration and Migration of Indigenous Peoples into the state of Arizona and throughout the USA. I am actively engaged in preserving the Cultural and Spiritual rights of Indigenous Peoples along the US and Mexico border, rights which are continuously violated by both the US and Mexican governments. Additionally, the border policies, and military actions by both governments have engaged in wide spread prejudice and discrimination within the US legal and political structures.
Bio: Shannon Rivers is a member of the Akimel O’otham (River People). Shannon was born and raised on the Gila River Indian Community located in the southern state of Arizona of the United States. For the past ten years Mr. Rivers has been a delegate and participant at the United Nation Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the United Nation (UN) headquarters in New York City, USA and in 2008 Shannon was selected as a co-chair for the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus, holding the seat for two consecutive years. Shannon has conducted and hosted lectures on the United Nation Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) at the State Capital of Arizona and for Arizona State University (ASU) and numerous local colleges in Arizona and California. He has participated in political and social justice actions in Central and South America. Shannon, was instrumental in assisting the implementation of the United Nation Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Additionally, Shannon played a crucial role in assisting two local Arizona Indigenous nations in adopting the UNDRIP into their constitutions (Gila River Indian and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community). Currently, Mr. Rivers is a Native American Cultural/Spiritual advisor to the Indigenous inmate populations at the County, State and Federal Prison(s) in Arizona and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Northern Arizona University; finally, He is a cultural ambassador for the O’otham Humackam (Peoples Nation) for the four O’otham Nations located in southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.
Recommended CitationRivers, Shannon, Indigenous Activism: The Paradox of Colonial Mass Media’s Propaganda and Censorship, Journal of Global Indigeneity, 1(2), 2015.