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Alaska Native Cultural Resources
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Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights

This site contains information, guidelines and principles that have been developed for the protection of the cultural and intellectual property rights of Alaska Native people in all areas of knowledge, tradition and artifacts associated wtih Native cultures, as they made their traditional knowledge available to others. Anyone wishing to contribute to this site is encouraged to contact the coordinator of the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at (907) 474-1902, or send an email message to

Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge
Adopted by the Assembly of Native Educators. Published by the Alaska Native Knowledge Network.

Coolangatta Statement
The Coolangatta Statement represents a collective voice of Indigenous peoples from around the world who support fundamental principles considered vital to achieving reform and transformation of education for Indigenous peoples.

Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic
Prepared by the Social Science Task Force of the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee

Alaska Federation of Natives
Guidelines for Research

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly during its 62nd session at UN Headquarters in New York City on September 13, 2007.

An extensive web search on Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights by Vivian Faith Martindale
"My instructor, Marie Olson, (UAF: Cross Cultural Studies) suggested I send you this extensive list of web-links. Perhaps the links would be of use under ANKN's Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights category and could serve as a great resource for both students and instructors.
Vivian Faith Martindale"

Harry Donkor's Indigenous Websites and Book Summaries for Marie Olson's Class.

Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Women Recognized

Declaration of Indigenous Peoples: Human Genome Diversity Project

Draft of the Inter-American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
From the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Principles & Guidelines for the Protection of the Heritage of Indigenous People

The Mataatua Declaration on Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples
First International Conference on the Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Whakatane, 12-18 June 1993, Aoetearoa New Zealand

Report Of The Expert Mechanism On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples On Its Second Session: Full Report
"The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples held its second session from 10 to 14 August 2009. All five members of the Expert Mechanism were present. Participants in the session included: representatives of States, United Nations bodies and specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations, academics and a large number of indigenous peoples. The participation of some of the indigenous peoples was funded through the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations."

The "Nibutani Declaration" and "An Appeal to the Japanese Government" were adopted by the Indigenous People Summit in Ainu Mosir 2008. Both documents are available at:

Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Peoples Rights and Obligations
by Maui Solomon
"The paper will examine from a Maori perspective their notions of indigenous peoples rights and obligations and how they are fundamentally at odds with existing intellectual property right systems. The paper will also explore how some of the Maori claimants consider their rights should be acknowledged, respected and protected and the inevitable obstacles that must be confronted and overcome before this can happen."

Resource Centre for Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Excerpt: "Welcome to the web site for Resource Centre for Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On this site you will find information about the centre and its activities. You will also find reports on Sami rights and on channels for Sami political influence made by the centre."

AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Handbook on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge
Excerpt: "Realizing that defensive disclosure is not the only option for traditional knowledge holders, AAAS has created a handbook that attempts to make intellectual property protection options more understandable and readily available for traditional knowledge holders." 

"WELCOME to the website for the "Protection and Repatriation of First Nation Cultural Heritage" research project. This project is the result of a collaboration between an international team of scholars in law and anthropology and First Nation partners in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia."

Protecting Knowledge Traditional Resource Rights in the New Millennium
Excerpt: "We invite you to visit us to discover who we are and what we stand for. Our land is our culture. Our struggle is to ensure that our Aboriginal Rights are not trampled and that our lands are not taken from us illegally and without our consent."

Cultural Survival
Cultural Survival, founded in 1972, helps indigenous peoples and ethnic groups deal as equals in their relations with national and international societies.


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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified June 20, 2012