What's the Difference Between Treaties, Declarations, and Norms?

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Kay Hung
What's the Difference Between Treaties, Declarations, and Norms?

Treaties are legally binding on all the signatories.  Recognized by international law.Declarations state values and principles. They are aspirational and not legally binding.Norms are based on social and cultural values, behaviors, customs that become normative and can become codified as law.

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Chance Carpenter
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Would you say that American Norms tend to clash with Indigenous Declarations, and even Treaties which define the rights of Indigenous Tribes of America? Quite often, when a treaty is not followed, it has been because there was a resource that was questionably being sought after by corporations, but was previously in tribal territory. For the Hupa, my tribe, it's the water in Northern California that Westlands Water Corporation wants pumped to Southern California so that they can market it to largely cash crop agricultural farmers. Westlands has no regard for the wildlife, people and fish that all depend on the water.

 

Chance Carpenter
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Would you say that American Norms tend to clash with Indigenous Declarations, and even Treaties which define the rights of Indigenous Tribes of America? Quite often, when a treaty is not followed, it has been because there was a resource that was questionably being sought after by corporations, but was previously in tribal territory. For the Hupa, my tribe, it's the water in Northern California that Westlands Water Corporation wants pumped to Southern California so that they can market it to largely cash crop agricultural farmers. Westlands has no regard for the wildlife, people and fish that all depend on the water.

 

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