- James Anaya is Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona College of Law. He is one of the world's leading advocates for indigenous human rights and author of the acclaimed book Indigenous Peoples in International Law (Oxford 2006). He was an active participant in the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was formally adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in the fall of 2007. Anaya was appointed U.N. Special Rapporteur in 2008, and is charged with investigating and reporting on the situation of indigenous peoples around the world.
- Hawk Henries, musician and member of the Nipmuc Tribe entertains the audience as they take their seats.
- Brendan Kennedy, Co-Chair with Professor Lorie M. Graham of the International Law Concentration, and
Practitioner-in-Residence Nicole Friederichs, Indian Law and Indigenous Peoples Rights Clinic, kicked off the program with a welcome in Native New Zealand language and English.
- Professor Anaya spoke of the role of indigenous people in international human rights law - the evolution of the rights of individuals to the rights of the collective.
- Professor Anaya concluded his address on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People saying the Declaration follows in the spirit of the Great Law of Peace.