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Mining & Drilling

article Small tribe with a big voice vows to stop Chinese oil drilling in the Amazon (2/2/2016)
(Ecuador) -- Wearing a traditional headdress and a white vest woven from the bark of an Amazonian tree, Manari Ushigua held a megaphone to his mouth to denounce Ecuador...
article Ecuador To Sell A Third Of Its Amazon Rainforest To Chinese Oil Companies (1/27/2016)
(Ecuador) -- Ecuador plans to auction off more than three million hectares of pristine Amazonian rainforest to Chinese oil companies, angering indigenous groups and...
article Canadian Mining Companies Leave Behind Decades of Violence in Guatemala (1/15/2016)
(Guatemala) -- While much of the controversy surrounding Canada's extractive industry centers on oil and gas projects like SWN Resources' drilling plans in New...
article Summit Brings Together 25 Indigenous Nations to Strengthen Resistance in Argentina (6/10/2015)
(Argentina) -- From May 27-29, 2014, Indigenous leaders from across Argentina's 17 provinces met in Buenos Aires and presented dramatic testimonies of human rights...
article Aboriginal group fighting massive Australian coal mine consults with Alberta First Nations (6/5/2015)
(Alberta) -- On Adrian Burragubba’s ancestral lands in Australia — arid pasture land, beautiful mountains, rivers and clear springs — the world’s...
article Māori representatives against oil exploration meet with Saami Parliament (5/14/2015)
(Norway) -- Members of the Indigenous Saami Parliament have met with a group of Māori representatives from Northland, carrying with them a message against oil-...
article Tribes tackle Norwegian oil giant (5/3/2015)
(New Zealand) -- A roopu representing Te Hiku o Te Ika tribes is travelling to the head office of Statoil to demonstrate the widespread opposition to its oil exploration...
article Are Mining Interests Behind Western Australian Remote Aboriginal Community Closures? (3/20/2015)
(Australia) -- Yesterday, 18,000 people turned out at rallies across Australia in protest of the Western Australian government's proposal to close up to 150 remote...
article Indigenous tribes in Suriname ask gov't to protect their lands (3/12/2015)
(Suriname) -- The Trio and Wayana tribes are asking Suriname's National Assembly to take steps to protect some 72,000 sq. kilometers (28,000 sq. miles) of land in...
article Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant (3/8/2015)
(Peru) -- Members of the indigenous Achuar tribe from the Peruvian Amazon have won an undisclosed sum from Occidental Petroleum in an out-of-court settlement after a...
article Stand-off in the Amazon: Tribes shut down oil company airport (2/27/2015)
(Peru) -- Members of two different Peruvian native groups have occupied the airport of Pluspetrol, an Argentine oil company that is accused of failing to compensate...
article Peruvian Indigenous Home Torn Down by Police and Mine Security as Conflict Intensifies (2/11/2015)
(Peru) -- In the first week of February Peruvian national police and Yanacocha mine security guards tore down the foundations of a house Maxima Acuña de Chaupe and her...
article Indigenous protesters in Peru shut down oil wells (2/5/2015)
(Peru) -- Indigenous protesters plan to shut down more wells in Peru's biggest oil block unless the operator, Pluspetrol, an Argentine energy company, agrees to pay...
article Peruvian Indigenous Woman Harassed by Police Two Days After ICTMN Article (1/24/2015)
(Peru) -- On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Peruvian National Police officers along with members of the Securitas agency, who provides security services for the Yanacocha...
article Indigenous Warriors Who Shut Down Oil Facility in Ecuador Arrested (1/24/2015)
(Ecuador) -- After attacking and shutting down an oil field in Ecuador in early January, most of the Waorani warriors who were arrested for the attack will be tried soon...
article Waorani warriors attack, shut down oilfield in Ecuador (1/16/2015)
(Ecuador) -- Indigenous leaders are calling for the release of six tribesmen implicated in a raid on an oilfield in Eastern Ecuador that left six soldiers injured,...
article How One Indigenous Woman Took On a Multinational Mining Corporation... And Won (12/21/2014)
(Peru) -- For over three years, indigenous Peruvian farmworker Maxima Acuña de Chaupe has refused to allow a U.S.-based multinational corporation to turn her land into...
article Indigenous Voices: A Call to Keep the Oil in the Ground (12/12/2014)
(Ecuador) -- I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep...
article Brazil’s Javari valley threatened by Peruvian oil, warn tribes (11/28/2014)
(Brazil) -- An indigenous people whose territories are divided by the Brazil-Peru border in the remote Amazon say they are vehemently opposed to oil exploration on the...
article Australians share indigenous protected area strategies with N.W.T. (11/9/2014)
(North Canada) -- Daryl Lacey knows what it's like when environmental concerns and development come head to head. Twenty years ago, Lacey's elders grew concerned...
article Ecuador Minister to Apologize Publicly to Indigenous People Over Oil Project (10/1/2014)
(Ecuador) -- Justice Minister Ledy Zuniga will offer a public apology to a community from the Sarayaku indigenous group on Wednesday over the development of an oil...
article Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects (9/11/2014)
(Guatemala) -- The road between the Guatemalan towns of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Quetzaltenango is guarded by a dozen thin, young, Mayan men in baseball caps and hooded...
article BLOG: Guatemalan Court Rules in Favor of Indigenous over Canadian Mining Company (8/7/2014)
(Guatemala) -- A Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the...
article Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal (7/24/2014)
(New Zealand) -- Ngati Ruanui is opposing an appeal to the High Court by a company, which wants to mine iron sand on the South Taranaki coast.
article Inside the turbulent Guatemalan movement against Canadian mining (7/16/2014)
(Guatemala) -- I'm taking his picture when two loud pops crack open the sky. Tires squeal, heads turn, people duck for cover. The truck screeches around the corner,...
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...
29 Total Articles on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article South Africa's 'Native American' fetish is a very strange thing (1/4/2016)
(South Africa) -- When you dine at South Africa’s most popular family restaurant, you'll be joined by Soaring Eagle, Buffalo Brave and Buttercup, a grinning...
article Advertising watchdog dismisses complaint about ‘racist’ 7-Eleven Slurpee ad (1/4/2016)
(Australia) -- Australia’s advertising standards authority has dismissed a complaint against an advertisement for 7-Eleven’s Kiwi Berry Slurpee that was...
article Isabel Marant Reportedly Wants to Copyright Indigenous Mexican Design (11/21/2015)
(UK) -- Designer Isabel Marant is reportedly looking to copyright a design that is native to Oaxaca and force the state's residents to pay fees in order to sell it,...
article Green Inferno cannibal film reinforces every racist stereotype about Amazon tribes (10/7/2015)
(Hollywood) -- The Green Inferno, a U.S. horror film that depicts a fictitious Amazonian tribe as a horde of violent, bloodthirsty cannibals, is giving some viewers an...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBT News

article Here’s What It’s Like To Grow Up Gay And Indigenous In Australia (12/10/2015)
(Australia) -- “At 16 the boys would call me abo, faggot, poofter. That was really detrimental to my psychological health and really played a huge role in my...
article What it's like to grow up transgender and Aboriginal (6/7/2015)
(Australia) -- I'm Kai, I'm 19 years old and I currently live in Melbourne. I am also a transgender male, meaning my mind didn't match with the gender given...
article Not in our culture? Open hearts helped me grow up Indigenous and gay (11/1/2014)
(Australia) -- I was about five years old, I reckon. My father, a Wiradjuri man, and I were getting out of our old family Valiant. We lived in what was called “the...
article Two Spirits in the Venezuelan Jungle (9/4/2014)
(Venezuela) -- A chance encounter with an anthropologist in Caracas led Álvaro Laiz to Venezuela’s remote eastern edge, where an indigenous people known as the...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Defending the Amazon (10/6/2015)
(Brazil) -- A beat-up sign on the edge of this Amazon reserve warns strangers not to enter. For years, loggers ignored it and barreled straight into the protected...
article B.C. aboriginal leaders talk strategy over historic land-claims ruling (8/16/2014)
(Canada) -- Overlapping land claims are a major issue facing British Columbia First Nations as they try to move forward following a landmark land-title ruling, say...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Leonard Peltier

article Statement by Leonard Peltier on International Tribunal of Conscience: September 26, 2015 (9/26/2015)
(Florida) -- Today the International Tribunal of Conscience is being held in New York. New York. The Tribunal was timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the...
1 Article on this Issue

Missing Women Crisis

article Journey from Manitoba First Nation aims to raise awareness for murdered teen (8/16/2015)
(Manitoba) -- Members of a Manitoba First Nation are hoping their journey to Winnipeg helps reignite efforts to solve the case of a murdered indigenous teen girl.
1 Article on this Issue

Columbus Day

article Argentina Replaces Columbus Statue with Indigenous Heroine (7/18/2015)
(Argentina) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales’ visit to his Argentina counterpart Cristina Fernandez Wednesday will focus not only on bilateral agreements between...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article RODRIGUEZ: Recognizing Genocide and Moving Toward Liberation: Not Counting Mexicans and Indians, Part II (5/26/2015)
(Arizona) -- The mass media continues to discuss instances of police violence in this country as aberrations, bypassing the larger systems that drive them.
article NEWCOMB: Dehumanization and a Deadly Medical Experiment on the Yanomami People (3/29/2015)
(California) -- A February 28 article by “Newpower” that was published by the Guardian in the United Kingdom reports that in the mid-1960s thousands “...
article Moai Than Meets the Eye: More Proof Bering Strait Theory is Wrong (11/21/2014)
(Texas) -- The indigenous people called the island Rapa Nui; the Spanish explorers called it Isla de Pascua, Spanish for the name bestowed by the Dutch “discoverer...
article BARREIRO: Andean Journal: Recovering Native Languages (10/18/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- Something of the sentiment and thrust current in the American Indian/Indigenous world of the Americas was evident in a recent session in Lima, Peru.
article MORRIS: Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (10/18/2014)
(Colorado) -- While watching the fraudulently-labeled United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (HLPM/WCIP) on UN WebTV on September 22-23, I was reminded of...
article GIAGO: American Indians and Australian Aborigines Traveled a Similar Path (9/7/2014)
(South Dakota) -- There is a colonization connection the indigenous people of Australia and America share. Both were driven to the brink of annihilation by invaders....
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Water Issues

article Yaqui Indigenous Tribe Travels 11 Days to Defend Water (5/22/2015)
(Mexico) -- The Yaqui Caravan has travelled the country calling for communities to unite to end the destruction of land, life, water, and air.
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations Politics

article Akwesasne-CBSA ties further strained? (1/31/2015)
(Ontario) -- Cultural sensitivity training is back in the forefront of Akwesasne and Canadian Border Services Agency relations. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA)...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Brazil must save Amazon's Kawahiva tribe from genocide (2/9/2016)
(Brazil) -- The Kawahiva, an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest, face extinction unless Brazil's government acts to secure their legal rights to land, security...
article This Indigenous Film Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen (2/8/2016)
(Australia) -- At its world premiere in Toronto, Variety magazine compared Stephen Page’s dance film Spear to the West Side Story; it is an Australian coming of...
article American Shaman: The Incredible Story of Lucas Weiss (2/3/2016)
(Ecuador) -- I first heard about Luke Weiss from an elder of the Waorani, a tribe scattered along the Amazon tributaries of northeastern Ecuador.
article Searing insight into tribal life (2/3/2016)
(Australia) -- THE story of forbidden love in a South Pacific island village will be screened in the NT. Tanna will open the 2016 Travelling Film Festival in Darwin...
article Sweden's indigenous Sami people win rights battle against state (2/3/2016)
(Sweden) -- Sweden’s nomadic reindeer herders have won a 30-year battle for land rights in a court case that has seen the state accused of racism towards the...
article Joe Williams: Why I decided to make a stand, or sit (1/29/2016)
(Australia) -- We live, in 2016, in a country of unity, equality and freedom of speech. But is it really? On Monday evening, I was honoured with the 2016 Australia Day...
article Sundance: How Marvel found its new 'Thor' director (1/27/2016)
(Utah) -- After watching Hunt for the Wilderpeople at Sundance Film Festival, it’s a no-brainer why Marvel scooped up director Taika Waititi for its third Thor...
article Kalaallit aqqi gives origins, history of Greenlandic Inuit names (1/25/2016)
(North Canada) -- A new book from Greenland explores the history and meaning behind traditional names. Nuka Møller, author of Kalaallit aqqi, says he researched...
article Hypothermic endangered green sea turtle rescued along B.C. coast (1/25/2016)
(British Columbia) -- Green sea turtles are not built for life in the chilly North Pacific, but that's where one found itself on Saturday — washed up and...
article Prehistorical Massacre Proves Man’s Inclination towards Violence (1/24/2016)
(Africa) -- A question as old as time seems to have received an unexpected answer: is man inherently violent or is it something stirred up by coalescing societies? A...
article Aboriginal Brass Band Offers Burst of Hope in a Bleak Community (1/24/2016)
(Australia) -- This remote stretch of coastline in north Queensland has much to offer: pristine beaches dotted with mango and palm trees, tropical breezes, an azure...
article Maori economy in 'strong' position (1/24/2016)
(New Zealand) -- It's no surprise, sadly, that Maori are still over-represented in all the wrong statistics - from life expectancy and educational qualifications to...
article Tribal community attacked by gunmen in Brazil (1/24/2016)
(Brazil) -- Survival International, the global organisation for the rights of tribal people, said today (24 January) that a tribal community is being attacked by a large...
article Indigenous Leader: Save Native Languages From Extinction (1/22/2016)
(New York) -- A Canadian tribal chief is calling for urgent efforts to revive indigenous languages, saying their extinction is going unnoticed while the world focuses on...
article Support fluency to save native languages, Canadian tribal chief urges after UN meeting (1/22/2016)
(New York) -- A First Nations chief from British Columbia is calling for urgent efforts to revive indigenous languages, saying their extinction is going unnoticed while...
article Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3.4M to Indigenous Groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon (1/22/2016)
(USA) -- When Leonardo DiCaprio accepted his Golden Globe Award for Best Actor on January 10, he dedicated his award to the often ignored indigenous communities around...
article Joelene King, the woman who as a 22-year-old starred in David Bowie's Let's Dance video, pays tribute to the singer who changed her life (1/16/2016)
(Australia) -- It's more than 30 years since the music video for David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' was recorded, but the Aboriginal woman who starred in...
article Apple and Google pull down 'racist' game that promotes killing of Aboriginal Australians (1/15/2016)
(Australia) -- A game that encourages players to bludgeon Aboriginal Australians to death has been removed from sale on the Apple Store and Google Play after thousands...
article Bludgeon To Death An ‘Aborigine’: The Virtual Apple iPhone Game The Whole Family Can Play (1/15/2016)
(Australia) -- Just when you think humanity couldn’t get anymore offensive… a newly released app on the Apple iTunes stores – rated for children aged...
article Excavation of Ancient Lost City Yields New Finds (1/14/2016)
(Honduras) -- Excavation of a “lost city” in eastern Honduras has begun with a flourish, with President Juan Orlando Hernández personally removing the first...

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