In December 2010, President Obama announced that the U.S. would support the UN Expert Mechanism for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The focus of the annual conference is to discuss ways in which governments can protect the rights of indigenous peoples.
This year's conference (July 11-14) included a photographic exhibit by American photographer Dana Gluckstein entitled: “Yellow Bird Apache Dancers. As delegates streamed into the Human Rights Council Chamber at the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, the group performed traditional dances such as the Circle of Life Dance and the American Eagle Dance. The performance celebrated the cultural traditions of indigenous peoples representing tribes from around the world and underscored the U.S. commitment to working with tribes and native communities.