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Mining & Drilling

article Pay Attention! We Live Here! Indigenous Sámi Fight Open Pit Mine in Sweden (6/20/2014)
(Michigan) -- Environmental history professor Nancy Langston visited far northern Sweden to study the impact of a proposed open-pit mine on the indigenous Sámi people.
article Standoff with Indians blocking entrance to mining project in Brazil's Amazon end peacefully. (6/15/2014)
(Brazil) -- A two-day standoff with Indians who had blocked an entrance to a mining project in the Amazon where 50 workers were holed up has ended peacefully.
article Peru approves genocide for uncontacted tribes (6/4/2014)
(Peru) -- Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of uncontacted Amazon tribes – despite international...
article BLOG: Ecuador's Tribes Declare 'National Mobilization' against Oil and Mining (5/26/2014)
(Ecuador) -- Ecuador is facing an unprecedented confrontation between a 'progressive' left-leaning government and a national coalition of indigenous peoples...
article Peru: Community Resisting Mining Project In Yanacocha Facing State Repression, Mass Arrests (5/23/2014)
(Peru) -- The leaders of the Conga communities, who have for months been opposing a mining project at in Yanacocha have been arrested en mass. Communities are rising up...
article We Want the Truth: Activists Push Canada on Violations in Colombia (5/3/2014)
(Canada) -- Canadian mining projects have lead to severe human rights violations and environmental damage in indigenous Colombian communities and Amnesty International (...
article Pluspetrol says protests stop 70 pct of output from Peru oil block (4/25/2014)
(Peru) -- Argentine energy company Pluspetrol said output from Peru's biggest oil block has fallen 70 percent since indigenous protesters occupied its facilities...
article Protesters occupy remote oilfield in Peru (4/25/2014)
(Peru) -- Indigenous protesters have occupied Peru’s biggest oilfield in the Amazon jungle near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination from...
article Striking: indigenous Komi people in Russia are fed up with oil (4/19/2014)
(Russia) -- This guest article by Greenpeace Russia continues the discovery of front-line indigenous communities resisting to fossil fuel giants in order to protect...
article Mapuche and Other Women Riders Fight Against Mega Projects (3/13/2014)
(Chile) -- Chilean, Argentine and Mapuche women riders traveled for five days to Puerto Varas, Chile on horseback as part of a recent protest against two energy projects...
article Brazil's Indians Fight Back Against Wildcat Miners (2/17/2014)
(Brazil) -- Tensions over forest and mineral resources are brewing in Brazil's remote Amazon, and one tribe has decided to take matters into its own hands.
article In Ecuador, oil boom sparks fighting between native tribes (2/17/2014)
(Ecuador) -- An oil pipeline runs through this village to a Chinese rig at the end of the road. At night, when the rig is pumping, the pipeline is too hot to touch, but...
article Peru sets aside tribal concerns, OKs drilling in natgas block (1/30/2014)
(Peru) -- Argentine energy company Pluspetrol won a key approval for new drilling in Peru's biggest natural gas concession after the project was blocked for a year...
article BLOG: Peru: Amazon tribes sacrificed to gas project (1/27/2014)
(Peru) -- Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of isolated Amazon tribes - who will be put at risk of a massive...
article Vandalism at New Caledonia mining site (1/23/2014)
(New Zealand) -- There has been an unprecedented wave of vandalism at a mining site in New Caledonia, causing damage estimated to be in the millions of dollars.
article Indigenous groups in Peru's Amazon face risk of extinction, admits Pluspetrol (1/21/2014)
(Peru) -- Pluspetrol’s Camisea gas project is set to expand into areas inhabited by uncontacted indigenous groups, many of whom have little immunity to common...
article Aboriginal group hopes federal law will override sandmine expansion approval (1/15/2014)
(Australia) -- Federal heritage legislation could be brought into play to prevent the expansion of the Rocla sand mining operation at Calga.
article Uranium Mine’s Radioactive Leak on Aboriginal Lands to Be Investigated (12/21/2013)
(Australia) -- The leak of over 264,000 gallons of radioactive acid slurry onto aboriginal Mirrar territory in northern Australia will be investigated, officials...
article An Oil Company in Peru & The Misleading Art of Commercial Deception (12/7/2013)
(Peru) -- “Working in harmony with nature and the community” reads the front of a pamphlet I picked up at this year's Expo Amazonica in Iquitos.
article Oil extraction to take place in proposed Amazon tribe reserve (11/30/2013)
(Peru) -- Peru's state agency promoting oil and gas operations has announced that by the end of this month oil will be produced from new deposits in a remote part of...
article Oil extraction to take place in proposed Amazon tribe reserve (11/26/2013)
(Peru) -- Peru's state agency promoting oil and gas operations has announced that by the end of this month oil will be produced from new deposits in a remote part of...
article Barrick Gold suspends its troubled Pascua-Lama mine in South America amid global cost-cutting (11/2/2013)
(Ontario) -- The world’s largest gold mining company is indefinitely suspending construction of its troubled gold mine straddling the Chile-Argentine border, part...
article The End of Impunity? / Indigenous Guatemalans bring Canadian mining company to court (10/10/2013)
(Quebec) -- For the first time, a Canadian mining company will appear in a Canadian court for actions committed overseas. Hudbay Minerals, Inc, will be standing trial...
article Indigenous protest shuts down BHP Billiton megamine in Colombia (10/10/2013)
(Colombia) -- The world's second largest ferronickel operation, Cerro Matoso in Colombia, run by BHP Billiton, was shut down by displaced indigenous people seeking...
article Ecuador protests denial of US visas for plaintiffs in Chevron oil damages case (9/24/2013)
(Ecuador) -- Ecuador’s foreign ministry announced on Friday that the US has seemingly denied visas to a delegation that was set to travel to the UN General...
article Call for bigger Indigenous share of mining profits (9/10/2013)
(Australia) -- One of the Northern Territory's largest land councils says mining companies are paying far too little in royalties to traditional owners.
article Illegal gold mining exposing Peru's indigenous tribes to mercury poisoning (9/9/2013)
(Peru) -- Indigenous children in Peru's south eastern Amazon, an area where tens of thousands of illegal gold miners operate, have unsafe mercury concentrations over...
article Study: Natives most affected by Amazon mercury (9/9/2013)
(Peru) -- A study of mercury contamination from rampant informal gold mining in Peru's Amazon says indigenous people who get their protein mostly from fish are the...
article Peru's isolated Mashco-Piro tribe 'asks for food' (8/21/2013)
(Peru) -- Members of one of the most isolated tribes on Earth have briefly emerged from the Peruvian jungle to ask for food, according to local activists.
article Swedish police scuffle with activists protesting mining plans on indigenous Sami land (8/21/2013)
(Sweden) -- Police have removed some 50 screaming and singing activists who were blocking a road in northern Sweden to protest a British company’s plans to build...
article Ecuador scraps plan to save uncontacted tribes’ land (8/19/2013)
(Ecuador) -- Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has scrapped plans to protect the Yasuni National Park, home to two uncontacted tribes, from oil drilling, despite...
article Peru's Natural Gas Rush Threatens Native Tribes, Again (8/19/2013)
(Peru) -- Three ministers in Peru have resigned over pressure to continue oil exploration in the Camisea area of Peru. In the 1980s uncontacted tribes were partially...
article Indigenous Rights Still Being Trumped By Mining Money in Peru (8/14/2013)
(Peru) -- A political battle in Peru over expansion of natural gas drilling into a reserve for isolated tribes is underscoring the difficulties the country continues to...
article Proof of uncontacted Indians is serious blow to oil giant (8/8/2013)
(Peru) -- In an embarrassing blow to Colombian-Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales, the Peruvian government has confirmed the existence of uncontacted Indians living...
article Diaguita Indians ask Chile supreme court to revoke Barrick Gold’s permit for Pascua Lama mine (7/23/2013)
(Chile) -- Chile’s Diaguita Indians are asking the country’s supreme court to require the world’s largest gold mining company to prepare a new...
article Court in Chile sides with Diaguita Tribe in lawsuit against mine (7/16/2013)
(Chile) -- An appeals court in Chile sided with the Diaguita Tribe in a dispute over a gold mine in the mountains.
article ‘Jaguar people’s’ urgent appeal to oil company’s shareholders (6/20/2013)
(Peru) -- An Amazonian tribe has sent an urgent appeal to shareholders of Canadian-Colombian oil giant Pacific Rubiales to protect the lives of uncontacted Indians in...
article Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art (6/18/2013)
(Australia) -- One of the world's biggest uranium producers has found a significant deposit in a remote tropical Australian mountain range near sandstone galleries...
article Harper in Peru: What Media Failed to Report (6/1/2013)
(Peru) -- Canada's press corps was so focused on the Duffy corruption scandal during Stephen Harper's recent trip to South America that no one bothered to...
article Guatemala cracks down on anti-mine protests (5/3/2013)
(Guatemala) -- Guatemala's government declared a state of emergency and banned public gatherings in four townships east of the capital Thursday following several...
article Australia's boom is anything but for its Aboriginal people (4/28/2013)
(Australia) -- Eleven miles by ferry from Perth is Western Australia's "premier tourist destination". This is Rottnest Island, whose scabrous wild beauty...
article Amazon Indians unite against Canadian oil giant (3/14/2013)
(Peru) -- Amazon Indians from Peru and Brazil have joined together to stop a Canadian oil company destroying their land and threatening the lives of uncontacted tribes.
article Balancing Economic and Social Development in Peruvian Mining Communities (3/14/2013)
(Peru) -- In January 2013, at least a dozen people were injured in clashes between police and members of a Quechua community at Candente Copper Corporation's...
article Minas Conga referendum plans disputed (3/9/2013)
(Peru) -- Authorities have rejected attempts to mount a referendum on the Conga gold and copper mine in Cajamarca, northern Peru. Locals in Cajamarca, northern Peru, are...
article Miner testifies about blasting near sacred site (3/5/2013)
(Australia) -- The former manager of a Northern Territory Manganese mine has given evidence about explosive blasting that may have damaged an Aboriginal sacred site.
article Pluspetrol denies Peru reserve gas push (2/15/2013)
(Peru) -- Pluspetrol of Argentina has denied reports it plans to look for gas within Peru’s Manu nature reserve, an area of the Amazon declared a World Heritage...
46 Total Articles on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article Tribe pushes for haka copyright law (4/21/2014)
(New Zealand) -- Ngati Toa is to campaign for copyright legislation to cover its tribal haka, Ka Mate. The Government has created a law to ensure commercial users credit...
1 Article on this Issue

PokerStars

article PokerStars Becomes First Online Poker Room to be Awarded Bulgarian License (2/19/2014)
(Bulgaria) -- PokerStars has become the first online poker room to be awarded a license under the new online gaming regulations in Bulgaria.
1 Article on this Issue

Adoption

article Fears adoption could spark new Stolen Generation (5/13/2013)
(Australia) -- The Northern Territory Chief Minister's suggestion Aboriginal children should be adopted when necessary for their protection has been met with an...
article Australian Prime Minister Apologizes For Forced Adoption Policy (3/23/2013)
(Australia) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has formally apologized for the forced adoptions that took place in the country from the late-1950s to the 1970s.
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Mexico Must Pay Indigenous Woman Wrongly Jailed for Kidnapping Federal Agents (7/10/2014)
(Mexico) -- In late May, for the first time in Mexican legal history, a high court ordered the government to pay damages and to issue a public apology for illegally...
article On Thin Ice: Inuit Way of Life Vanishing in Arctic [video] (7/10/2014)
(Greenland) -- NBC's Ann Curry reports from Greenland, providing a rare glimpse of Inuit hunters facing a rapidly changing way of life in the Arctic.
article Remote Amazonian Villages in Peru Lack Schools, Teachers (7/10/2014)
(Peru) -- Before dawn on school days, about a dozen Urarina children climb out of mosquito nets, dress and leave this tiny village for the muddy, nearly 90-minute trek...
article South Africa Has Failed the Khomani San; Crushing Hopes of a Better Life (7/10/2014)
(South Africa) -- New research has shown that the only successful aboriginal land claim in Southern Africa has failed to deliver on the dreams and hopes of a better life...
article There's no such thing as an "uncontacted" tribe, but isolated tribes are in danger (7/9/2014)
(Brazil) -- This week, news came out that a so-called "uncontacted" tribe in Brazil approached a group of government officials in the country's Acre state...
article In disappearing Mexican jungle, it’s tribes vs. biologists (7/7/2014)
(Mexico) -- The esteemed biologist awoke in her jungle dorm to face a midnight apparition from an almost forgotten past. Three men had traveled by boat up the murky...
article Researchers find large genetic differences among Mexican populations (7/5/2014)
(Mexico) -- In a study conducted by Stanford, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Mexico’s National Institute of Genomic Medicine, researchers...
article Sorry, Pete: The Dutch Just Made Christmas a Little Less Racist (7/5/2014)
(Netherlands) -- A court in Amsterdam has ruled that the Santa Claus sidekick "Black Pete" is racist and needs to be reworked if it is to remain a part of the...
article Imperiled Amazon Indians Make 1st Contact with Outsiders (7/3/2014)
(Brazil) -- Indigenous people with no prior contact to the outside world have just emerged from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil and made contact with a group of settled...
article Waikato-Tainui tribe notches up $1.1b in assets (7/2/2014)
(New Zealand) -- One of New Zealand's largest iwi is celebrating news that it's now worth more than $1 billion. It's a remarkable turnaround for Waikato-...
article Ancient gene aids Tibetans with high altitude (7/2/2014)
(Tibet) -- Tibetans living on the “roof of the world” can thank an extinct human relative for providing a gene that helps them adapt to the high altitude, a...
article South American tribe sues over historic genocide (7/2/2014)
(Paraguay) -- The survivors of a South American tribe which was decimated during the 1950s and 60s are taking Paraguay’s government to court over the genocide they...
article Beautiful images reveal Thailand's untouched hill tribes who lived in rural bliss until modern life finally caught up with them (7/1/2014)
(Thailand) -- The last photographs of remote hill tribes in Thailand barely touched by modern society have been revealed after more than 30 years. The rare images...
article Why Are the Clocks Running Backwards in Bolivia? (6/29/2014)
(Bolivia) -- The hands of the clock atop the building that houses Bolivia's congress are running backward, and all the numbers have been reversed.
article Brazilian officials warn of ‘imminent’ death of uncontacted Indians 26 June 2014 (6/28/2014)
(Brazil) -- Brazilian officials have warned that uncontacted Indians face imminent “tragedy” and "death" after a dramatic increase in the number of...
article US lab 'sold indigenous blood': Ecuador (6/28/2014)
(Ecuador) -- A US laboratory sold across at least eight countries, including India, blood samples taken without consent from an indigenous group, Ecuador alleged today...
article Nicaragua's Mayagna People and Their Rainforest Could Vanish (6/28/2014)
(Nicaragua) -- More than 30,000 members of the Mayagna indigenous community are in danger of disappearing, along with the rainforest which is their home in Nicaragua,
article BLOG: The world’s first astronomers might have been Australian Aborigines (6/26/2014)
(Australia) -- The ancient world was home to many accomplished astronomers, included the Greeks, Mayans, Polynesians, and maybe Stonehenge's mysterious builders. But...
article Chile's Bachelet Promises to Return Land to Indigenous People (6/26/2014)
(Chile) -- President Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday announced a plan to buy and return disputed ancestral lands to Chile's indigenous communities as part of a strategy...
article Amazon tribe welcomes World Cup (6/26/2014)
(Brazil) -- A member of the Amazonian Tatuyo tribe looks on in her village in the Rio Negro (Black River) near Manaus city, a World Cup host city, June 23, 2014.

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