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Dr. Erika Yamada, SJD (Arizona, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy), is the representative for Latin America and the Caribbean on the UN’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Yamada has worked with Indigenous affairs in the government of Brazil, as well as with national and international NGOs and locally with Indigenous communities. She helped prepare for the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur to Brazil and organized a workshop on the right to consultation for various institutions of the Brazilian federal government. Yamada specializes in addressing international human rights for Indigenous peoples on a local level. She will also speak at the Kiskinohamatowin forum scheduled for Jan. 18-19.