We speak to indigenous women leaders at the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Among them are Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara of North Dakota), of the Indigenous Environmental Network; Lucy Mulenkei (Maasai, Kenya) of the Indigenous Information Network; Yasso Kanti Bhattachan (Thakali, Nepal) of the National Indigenous Women Forum; and Otilia Lux De Coti (Quiché Maya, Guatemala) of MADRE.

The session was titled “Local and Global Strategies for Countering Migration and Displacement.”

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, together with the international women’s rights organization MADRE, welcomed a delegation of Indigenous women leaders from across the world to participate in the UNPFII. Laura Flanders investigates.

Best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders hosts the The Laura Flanders Show, where she interviews forward thinking people about the key questions of our time. The LF Show airs weekly on KCET/LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and in English & Spanish in teleSUR. Flanders is also a contributing writer to The Nation and Yes! Magazine (“Commonomics”) and a regular guest on MSNBC. She is the author of six books, including The New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso, 2004) and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians (Penguin Press, 2007). The Laura Flanders Show first aired on Air America Radio 2004-2008. You can find all her archives and more at Lauraflanders.com or via Twitter @GRITlaura.