Indigenous issues have seldom fit into U.S. priorities except in tangential and unconstructive ways. At times they have even collided with Washington when the actions of a few have made all appear anti-capitalist, tolerant of drug trafficking and even supportive of terrorists...There doesn't seem to be much common ground for the parties to work on.
...indigenous leaders describe fundamental differences between themselves and Washington. To them, the obsession with individual human rights clashes with their traditional emphasis on collective rights. Rather than having an individual title to, say, a plot of land, they would favor a collective title.
Another difference is self-determination. They want to have sovereignty without limitations that could mean submitting to the national laws of the country where they live. To them such limitations would be just another form of discrimination and subjugation.
Yet another is the crucial issue of land rights. Indigenous groups want control over their lands including all surface and subsurface resources. Land disputes between indigenous groups and national and international business interests have led to violence and bloodshed.