Don't make any mistakes about where this is going. It opens the door to reparations. It will force conflict over generational old land disputes.
It has implications for tribal claims that cross international borders. Obama knows that. He also knows that it will open conflict over reparations for slavery.
Regardless of the merits of the emotional claims of land by the descendants of Indian tribes and racial groups, current law and land guarantees the rights of present owners. It is a system created by people long since dead, but the system is alive and it is the system which governs current commerce and wealth, property rights, and the border rights of states and national US borders.
Obama knows that Republicans and right thinking Democrats have to oppose this change in law. Obama believes that his political agenda will be advanced by the expected opposition. For Obama to quote "E Pluribus Unum", shows what a fraud and cynic he really is. His real agenda is out of one, many.
From The Wasington Times:
President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. would reverse the position of the Bush administration and become the last nation to drop its opposition to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Continue
Mr. Obama made the announcement to enthusiastic applause at the second White House Tribal Nations Conference, a gathering attended by representatives of the nation's 565 recognized American Indian tribes.
"The aspirations it affirms - including respect for the institutions and rich cultures of native peoples - are ones we must always seek to fulfill," Mr. Obama said at the conference, held at the Interior Department. "But I want to be clear: What matters far more than words - what matters far more than any resolution or declaration - are actions to match those words. And that's what this conference is about."