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James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. He was legal advisor to the Grand Council of the Mi'kmaw Nation and the Four Directions Council at the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, and was involved in the twenty-five-year negotiation leading to the Declaration. The author of numerous books, he is currently Research Director of the Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan. In 2005 the Aboriginal Bar Association named him an Indigenous Peoples' Counsel.