The inaugural event for the Hitchcock-Kelly Fund for Human and Indigenous Peoples' Rights, featuring Professor James Amaya, is scheduled for Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. (MDT) in Anthropology room 163. Parking is available in C Lot. The event is sponsored by UNM's Native American Studies, Department of Anthropology, and the Latin American Iberian Institute.


Amaya will present a keynote address titled "Ideas about Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples.” The address will focus on ideas about human rights that have been generated through thinking about the essence of human dignity. Anaya will explore ideas about fundamental human rights and how they have been seized upon to support Indigenous peoples and their demands to survive and flourish in the world.

Amaya is a University Distinguished Professor and the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Law at the University of Colorado Law School. He earned a B.A. from The University of New Mexico Department of Economics, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Hitchcock-Kelly Fund for Human and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights was created through a generous donation that provides support for collaborative projects and programs implemented between the departments of Anthropology and Native American Studies. The projects will include annual support of student-related research and applied activities to advance and bring attention to human rights and Indigenous peoples’ rights. 

For questions or more information, call Native American Studies, 505.277.3917 or visit Native American Studies or call the Anthropology Department, 505.277.4524 or visit Anthropology.