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COVID-19

article Indigenous mothers in Brazil mourning their children's deaths seek closure (7/10/2020)
(Brazil) -- Two young mothers stand with a group of fellow Indigenous Brazilians in a park in Boa Vista in northern Brazil. One of them, speaking in her native Sanöma...
article Indigenous peoples of South America face 'genocide' as coronavirus pandemic exposes historic inequalities (6/30/2020)
(South America) -- Berlin Diques oversees the well-being of some of the most vulnerable peoples in the world. As a regional president of the Interethnic Association for...
article Coronavirus devastates indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon (6/20/2020)
(Brazil) -- The coronavirus is ravaging indigenous tribes living in the Amazon rainforest as it sweeps across Brazil. Brazil has the second-largest outbreak in the world...
article Kayapó Chief Dies From COVID-19 in Brazil, Led Protest Against Amazon Dam (6/17/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazil's indigenous people lost one of their pioneering leaders to COVID-19 on Wednesday with the death of Paulinho Payakan, a Kayapó chief who led...
article Young Anishinaabe woman quarantined in Amsterdam during COVID-19 pandemic — and enjoying it (6/15/2020)
(Netherlands) -- For Courtney Recollet, 2020 was a year full of promise, after moving to Amsterdam in mid-February to work for a year. Then the global pandemic hit and,...
article As coronavirus kills indigenous people in the Amazon, Brazil's government goes missing (6/14/2020)
(Brazil) -- The first to die was his aunt. Then his cousin. Then another cousin, and his uncle, and his 83-year-old grandfather, who lived his final hours waiting for a...
article Young Anishinaabe woman quarantined in Amsterdam during global pandemic — and enjoying it (6/13/2020)
(Netherlands) -- For Courtney Recollet, 2020 was a year full of promise, after moving to Amsterdam in mid-February to work for a year. Then the global pandemic hit and,...
article The Coronavirus Is Spreading Through Indigenous Amazon Communities (6/12/2020)
(South America) -- With nearly 40,000 deaths, Brazil has registered the world's third-highest COVID-19 death toll and the second-highest confirmed caseload. Its...
article Disaster looms for indigenous Amazon tribes as COVID-19 cases multiply (6/12/2020)
(South America) -- With the coronavirus spreading into remote territories across the Brazilian Amazon, indigenous leaders and rights officials are pleading with the...
article Disaster looms for indigenous Amazon tribes as COVID-19 cases multiply (6/12/2020)
(Brazil) -- With the coronavirus spreading into remote territories across the Brazilian Amazon, indigenous leaders and rights officials are pleading with the government...
article Manaus indigenous struggle for care amid pandemic (6/9/2020)
(Brazil) -- They left their tribal lands in the Amazon for the city, many seeking a better life. But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic they have neither the...
article VIDEO: Deaths jump in Brazil's indigenous tribes as virus spreads (6/5/2020)
(Brazil) -- Coronavirus is spreading fast through Brazil's indigenous peoples, with deaths rising five-fold in the past month. It was hoped remote locations would...
article Coronavirus could 'wipe out' thousands of people from indigenous tribes in the Amazon (6/4/2020)
(Brazil) -- Thousands of people belonging to indigenous Amazonian tribes are at risk of being “wiped out” by coronavirus - leading them to call for help from...
article Brazil's indigenous communities may be facing "real genocide" due to coronavirus (5/26/2020)
(Brazil) -- Globally, Brazil is reported to have the second highest amount of reported coronavirus cases behind the United States. With Brazil's cases at about 376,...
article Remote Amazon tribe decimated by epidemic braces for COVID-19 (5/24/2020)
(Peru) -- Mario Dispupidiwa recalls a way of life that is only a distant memory now. "I watched my mother give birth in the forest and cradle the baby by the fire...
article Indigenous Australians Avert an Outbreak—for Now (5/19/2020)
(Australia) -- When the H1N1 pandemic arrived in Australia in 2009, it took a disproportionately heavy toll on indigenous people, who ultimately suffered a death rate...
article Virus heads upriver in Brazil Amazon, sickens native people (5/17/2020)
(Brazil) -- In the remote Amazon community of Betania, Tikuna tribe members suspect the coronavirus arrived this month after some returned from a two-hour boat trip down...
article Latin America's indigenous people defend themselves against coronavirus (5/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Deep in the Colombian Andes, José Obeymar Tenorio is on sentry duty. Armed with a simple wooden staff, he belongs to Colombia’s Indigenous Guard...
article Despair in Brazil's Amazon as tribe loses chief to coronavirus (5/14/2020)
(Brazil) -- Song and dance is how Chief Messias Kokama wished to be sent off. And at his funeral in Brazil's Parque das Tribos, or Tribes' Park, on Thursday (May...
article In the Amazon, an indigenous nurse volunteers in coronavirus fight (5/7/2020)
(Brazil) -- Vicente Piratapuia, 69, of the Piratapuia tribe had a high fever and could hardly breathe, but he refused to leave his home on the outskirts of the Amazon...
article Arrested Aboriginal elder says communities in coronavirus lockdown can't access essentials (4/30/2020)
(Australia) -- Residents say the restrictions they have been living under for more than a month are excessive and block them from accessing essential services including...
article Amazonian indigenous communities face an existential threat from COVID-19, outsiders and the Brazilian government (4/26/2020)
(Brazil) -- Many world leaders are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to expand their powers and further their agendas, including in Hungary, Egypt and the U.S....
article Isolated indigenous tribes risk extinction from coronavirus, experts say (4/22/2020)
(Brazil) -- When John Hemming first arrived in 1971 in the Amazonian state of Rondônia in Brazil, at the lower end of the Tapajós River, it was just weeks after the...
article Amazon Tribes Say Christian Missionaries Threaten ‘Genocide’ During Pandemic (4/20/2020)
(Brazil) -- The novel coronavirus outbreak has intensified a decadeslong battle between indigenous tribes and evangelical Christian missionaries in the most remote...
article As Covid-19 Reaches the Amazon, Indigenous People Are at Risk (4/19/2020)
(Brazil) -- Since his 2018 election, Jair Bolsonaro has pushed for opening up the Amazon to mining and making Brazil’s indigenous population less like “...
article Coronavirus: How Māori are helping Māori handle the pain of the Covid-19 pandemic (4/19/2020)
(New Zealand) -- Faced with joblessness, mental health struggles and the threat of coronavirus itself, many Māori have mobilised to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic in...
article The answer to Indigenous vulnerability to coronavirus: a more equitable public health agenda (4/14/2020)
(Australia) -- Among the latest coronavirus advice from the prime minister was an age-based self-isolation strategy designed to protect those considered most vulnerable...
article Brazil Moves to Protect Indigenous Tribes From Coronavirus (4/13/2020)
(Brazil) -- The Brazilian government has banned non-indigenous people from entering tribal lands to stop the spread of coronavirus in their villages and will distribute...
article Boy, 15, from remote Amazonian tribe DIES of coronavirus sparking fears Covid-19 could wipe out isolated rainforest communities (4/12/2020)
(Brazil) -- A teenager from the Yanomami tribe has been killed by the new coronavirus in Brazil, raising alarm about the spread of the virus among indigenous communities...
article First coronavirus deaths reported in indigenous communities in the Amazon (4/11/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazilian officials and rights activists are warning of an impending public health calamity as reports emerge of the first deaths linked to the coronavirus...
article Yanomami Indigenous Youth With Coronavirus Dies in Brazil (4/10/2020)
(Brazil) -- A Yanomami youth has died after testing positive for coronavirus, health officials said on Friday, raising fears that the epidemic will spread among the...
article Amazon tribe’s first coronavirus death sparks fear of ‘wiping them out’ (4/10/2020)
(Brazil) -- A boy from the Yanomami tribe in Brazil’s northern Amazonian territory has died after being admitted to a hospital last week with symptoms related to...
32 Total Articles on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

press release One Of Australia’s Best Restaurants In Hot Water Over Foundation Fraud. Is There A Masterchef Curse? (7/6/2020)
(Australia) -- Early least year, an Australian chef by the name of George Calombaris’s company MAdE Establishment Group admitted to underpaying more than $7.83...
article Franklin to stop selling T-shirts after Aboriginal flag controversy (6/9/2020)
(Australia) -- Lance "Buddy" Franklin says his company will stop selling T-shirts or merchandise featuring the Aboriginal flag for the time being, following...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Satellite imagery shows illegal gold mining in Brazil has increased, threatens the Yanomami tribe in the heart of the Amazons (6/29/2020)
(Brazil) -- Illegal gold mining activity has risen sharply over the last five years in Brazil’s indigenous Yanomami reservation in the heart of the Amazon...
article Mining company blasts through 46,000-year-old cultural site in Australia (6/26/2020)
(Australia) -- Multinational iron ore mining company Rio Tinto is under fire for blasting through a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cultural site in Western Australia last...
article Rio Tinto to release Aboriginal heritage review after site destruction (6/19/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto initially said it would only provide key findings of the review to the government; it has now committed to releasing the review in full. The...
article Mining Firm Plans to Destroy Indigenous Australian Sites, Despite Outcry (6/12/2020)
(Australia) -- A giant mining company on Thursday said it would go ahead with destroying at least 40 ancient Indigenous sites in the Pilbara desert in Western Australia...
article Rio Tinto CEO says sorry for heritage destruction (6/12/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto (RIO +3.6%) CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques apologizes for the company's destruction of two ancient and sacred Aboriginal caves in Western Australia...
article VIDEO: Aboriginal activists protest Rio Tinto (6/9/2020)
(Australia) -- Aboriginal activists have taken their fight to Rio Tinto headquarters over the blasting of a 46,000 year old heritage site.
article VIDEO: Rio Tinto says sorry for blasting 46,000 year old Aboriginal sacred site (6/4/2020)
(Australia) -- Mining giant Rio Tinto has sparked anger across the country after it destroyed a 46,000 year old Aboriginal site in the Pilbara. What's even more...
article Aboriginal sacred site obliterated as mining giant expands iron mine (5/27/2020)
(Australia) -- An Aboriginal sacred site which showed evidence of almost 50,000 years of ongoing human use has been deliberately destroyed by a mining company in Western...
press release Mining companies rush to shield indigenous communities from COVID-19 (5/20/2020)
(Australia) -- Big mining companies that rely on indigenous workforces or operate near remote communities have acted fast to curb the spread of the coronavirus and avoid...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBTQ

article Aboriginal MP makes history as the first openly gay Indigenous speaker of an Australian parliament (6/25/2020)
(Australia) -- Northern Territory MP Chansey Paech has become the first openly gay Indigenous speaker of an Australian parliament in a landmark move.
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article The Food World Needs to Listen to the Real Cultural Experts, Not Just Use Their Ingredients (6/24/2020)
(USA) -- Over 20 years in the food world, I have watched talented chefs and leading restaurants across the country help build a New American cuisine—which often came to...
article Indigenous seed banks rise to the challenge (6/15/2020)
(Guatemala) -- In the central highlands of Guatemala, Rosalia Asig Cho ushers a small group of visitors into a one-room building, filled floor to ceiling with shelves of...
article Food security safeguards put in place in NT remote communities (4/15/2020)
(Australia) -- Food security has been flagged as a major concern by Central Land Council (CLC), despite measures being implemented across the Northern Territory to...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Black Lives Matter

press release OP/ED:The passing of the first peoples (6/22/2020)
(USA) -- It was in 1998 that we met Maasai elder Paramitoro Ole Kasiaro en route to the Serengeti, who recalled that much had changed since he was a child. The weather...
1 Article on this Issue

False Idols

article 'Celebrate Resistance Not Conquest': Liberation Movements in Indigenous America and Palestine (6/19/2020)
(Worldwide) -- “It looks like the West Bank,” said Samia Assed, local Palestinian-American social activist. Assed was referring to a recent event in...
1 Article on this Issue

Law Enforcement & Security

article Australian cop caught punching Aboriginal man officers had pinned to ground (6/16/2020)
(Australia) -- This is the shocking moment an Australian police officer is filmed appearing to punch an Aboriginal man on the ground. Witnesses were heard yelling...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article An indigenous tribe’s COVID-19 court victory in Ecuador comes too little, too late (7/9/2020)
(Ecuador) -- The Waorani Indigenous community of Quito, Ecuador has won a lawsuit against the government demanding them to take urgent precautionary measures to better...
article Polynesians, Native Americans Met Long Before Europeans Arrived, Genetic Study Reveals (7/8/2020)
(Polynesia) -- Early Polynesian sailors likely made landfall in South America centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World, according to an eye-...
article Amazon tribe releases hostages after body of leader returned (7/5/2020)
(Ecuador) -- Amazonian tribe members in Ecuador released six people they had kidnapped to demand the release of the body of a leader killed by the coronavirus, the...
article Australian scientists discover ancient underwater Aboriginal sites (7/5/2020)
(Australia) -- Australia’s first underwater archaeological sites off its west coast dating to more than 7,000 years ago will help with the understanding of the cultural...
article Indigenous leaders angry about coronavirus risk from Brazilian military visit (7/3/2020)
(Brazil) -- Leaders of an isolated indigenous Yanomami community in Brazil have complained that a military mission to protect them from the coronavirus brought greater...
article Outrage in Colombia over alleged soldier abuse of Indigenous (6/30/2020)
(Colombia) -- Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled...
article Tribe says two Yanomami men killed by illegal miners in Brazil (6/27/2020)
(Brazil) -- Two Yanomami men who were killed recently were illegal gold miners on their reservation in the northern Amazon region, according to a statement released by...
article BOOK: The Stranger Artist tells the story of the Kimberley art studio that made a generation of Indigenous artists (6/26/2020)
(Australia) -- The Stranger Artist is an accomplished biography telling the story of Jirrawun Arts, the Kimberley art studio that made legends of artists like Paddy...
article Paulinho Paiakan Dies of Covid-19 in Brazil (6/25/2020)
(Brazil) -- After a 10-day battle with Covid-19, Kayapó leader Paulinho Paiakan died on Wednesday, June 17 at Araguaia Regional Hospital in Pará, Brazil. Bep’kororoti...
article Paraguay bucks the sombre colonial trend of language loss (6/14/2020)
(Paraguay) -- One of the most appallingly bloody wars ever fought was the War of the Triple Alliance (in Spanish La Guerra de la Triple Alianza, Portuguese A Guerra da...
article New Zealand City Removes Statue of British Naval Officer After Maori Tribe Request (6/12/2020)
(New Zealand) -- The New Zealand city of Hamilton on Friday removed a bronze statue of the British naval officer for whom it is named — a man who is accused of killing...
article The Myall Creek massacre: everything to know about this moment in Australia’s Indigenous history (6/10/2020)
(Australia) -- While many early crimes committed against Indigenous Australians have gone undocumented and unpunished, one atrocity which had actually made it through...
article 'Harsh reality': Indigenous Australians aren't surprised by study highlighting racial bias (6/9/2020)
(Australia) -- Indigenous Australians say they are far from surprised by a new study revealing unconscious racial biases against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
article Three in four people hold negative view of Indigenous people: study (6/9/2020)
(Australia) -- Most Australians tested for unconscious bias hold a negative view of Indigenous Australians which can lead to widespread racism, new analysis from The...
article Everyone Should Watch Actor & Writer Meyne Wyatt's Powerful Monologue On Everyday Racism In Australia (6/9/2020)
(Australia) -- After protests took hold across the US following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, there was hope among Indigenous activists...
press release For indigenous protesters, defending the environment can be fatal (6/8/2020)
(Worldwide) -- Adán Vez Lira, a prominent defender of an ecological reserve in Mexico, was shot while riding his motorcycle in April. Four years earlier, the renowned...
article The Māori tribe protecting New Zealand’s sacred rainforest (6/8/2020)
(New Zealand) -- A forlorn scrap of white mist hovered in the bush flanking the only road into Te Urewera, one of the most isolated rainforests in New Zealand. It was a...
article A Bitter Election. Accusations of Fraud. And Now Second Thoughts. (6/7/2020)
(Bolivia) -- The election was the most tightly contested in decades: Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first Indigenous president, was running for a fourth term, facing an...
article Rio Tinto scrambles to curb fallout from heritage site blasts (6/7/2020)
(Australia) -- Simon Thompson, the chairman of Rio Tinto, has scheduled a series of meetings with UK investors as the group scrambles to Contain the fallout from the...
article Aboriginal teens illegally tear-gassed in juvenile jail, court rules (6/4/2020)
(Australia) -- Aboriginal teenagers were illegally tear-gassed in an Australian juvenile jail, a court ruled on Wednesday, amid renewed public condemnation over police...

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