Rapid City, (KEVN-TV) The North American Indigenous Peoples' Caucus is an international Indigenous Peoples' strategy meeting, and it was held in Rapid City this weekend.
It's one of 7 annual regional gatherings held worldwide.
The purpose of the NAIPC is to bring together United States and Canada First Nations as well as Native Americans and Tribal Nations in advance of the United Nations Public Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The delegates who meet will discuss critical issues, explore common ground, and establish a collective platform of action to send to the United Nations.
Debra Harry, Co–Chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples' Caucus said, "We come here and to address issues that are being discussed at the United Nations but also to assert our own positions on these issues on behalf of our region and our input here, our deliberations here will have direct input into the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which will have its session in April in New York at the United Nations."
Nearly 200 people are expected to attend the weekend long meeting which wraps–up Sunday at the United Tribes Technical College and the Mother Butler Center Hall.