TRIBES IN TRANSITION EDUCATION FUND (TTEF), a nonprofit organization, was established in 2008 to educate and raise awareness in support of Indigenous Peoples. The current focus of TTEF is the international traveling photography exhibition, DIGNITY: Tribes In Transition, which includes 60 black and white photographs from the book, DIGNITY, In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by Dana Gluckstein. The art exhibition focuses on the urgent need for implementation of the recently adopted United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (Exhibition Calendar)
Gluckstein, President of TTEF, was invited to the World Economic Forum (WEF), in January 2013, in Davos, Switzerland as a faculty member on the Arts and Culture panels. As one of twenty five international artists selected, Gluckstein addressed many of the world’s leading stakeholders and change-makers on the theme of “improving the state of the world through the arts by shifting mind sets.”
DIGNITY helped create the “tipping point” for President Obama to adopt the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in December 2010. In the summer of 2011, the U.S. sponsored the DIGNITY exhibition at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. The opening night reception was hosted by the United States and coordinated with the fourth annual U.N. session of the Expert Mechanism of Indigenous Leaders. Gluckstein was the keynote speaker along with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Mrs. Betty King, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Navanethem Pillay, and Director-General of the United Nations Office of Geneva, Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. DIGNITY, the book, was published in 2010, and is now in its second publication in English and German. (International Press)
DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition addresses the urgent need to advance the laws and standards to protect Indigenous Peoples cultures and livelihoods by supporting full compliance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration reaffirms the right of Indigenous Peoples to have meaningful control over their own lives, to maintain their distinct cultural identities, to live free from discrimination and the threat of genocide, and to have some secure access to the lands and resources essential to their well-being. TTEF is currently working on a campaign to end discrimination and sexual assaults of Native American Women and Alaskan Native women. (Sign petition here)
The exhibition and associated book, DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, educate viewers on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by 148 countries in 2010. The declaration was adopted by 144 countries in 2007 even though the U.S., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand voted against the declaration. In December 2010, the U.S. adopted the declaration following the other three countries. The declaration is the most comprehensive global statement of the measures every government should enact to ensure the survival, dignity, and well-being of Indigenous Peoples around the world. . (UN Declaration).
Please DONATE NOW and support the international exhibition tour of DIGNITY. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. TTEF is a 501 c3 project of Creative Visions Foundation and both organizations are based in Los Angeles.