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Land Issues

article Māori group in battle for valuable land in Sydney (8/22/2019)
(Australia) -- A legal battle in Sydney, Australia is under way with a Māori group claiming valuable land was given to them by Aboriginal people 200 years ago. The...
article Argentina series part 1: Indigenous people reclaiming their land (7/1/2019)
(Argentina) -- In Argentina, the descendants of the natives make up only 1.49 percent of the argentinan population. Recent studies however say that over 50 percent of...
article OP/ED: Iwi members support Peter Jackson's questions over Shelly Bay sale (5/1/2019)
(New Zealand) -- "The iwi owners of Shelly Bay", began a recent article on Stuff, have the right to develop the land around Shelly Bay and "it is no-one...
article Brazil tribal lands under new threat from farmers, miners (4/8/2019)
(Brazil) -- A decade after the Macuxi people won a bloody legal battle to expel rice planters from their reservation in a remote part of Brazil, their hold over...
article Brazil Considers Allowing Mining Activity in Indigenous Land, Near Border (3/6/2019)
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said the government is considering allowing mining activity in restricted areas such as indigenous...
article Armed invaders encroach on Brazil's tribal lands (3/4/2019)
(Brazil) -- Ten days after Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office, dozens of men entered protected indigenous land in a remote corner of the Amazon...
article Brazil indigenous group mobilises against planned soy railway (2/21/2019)
(Brazil) -- The Kayapo, a Brazilian Amazon indigenous group, is mobilising to protect its land rights as the government works to launch an ambitious soy railway project...
article Brazil wants to legalize agribusiness leasing of indigenous lands (2/21/2019)
(Brazil) -- Since his time as a federal deputy, Jair Bolsonaro, has consistently advocated for the exploitation of indigenous lands (TIs) for agricultural purposes by...
article Charities pledge nearly $500M to help Indigenous groups gain forest management rights (9/11/2018)
(California) -- A coalition of charitable groups and the government of Norway are pledging to spend nearly half a billion dollars over the next four years to prevent...
article NT could seize land for indigenous gallery (9/7/2018)
(Australia) -- The Northern Territory government could seize land owned by Alice Springs Town Council if it doesn't voluntarily hand it over so a National Aboriginal...
article Land fight simmers over Brasilia’s Shrine of Shamans (2/8/2018)
(Brazil) -- It is one of the most expensive areas in the Brazilian capital – and one of the most sacred. A plot in downtown Brasilia – known as Santuário dos...
article Philippines: CHR: Ancestral lands of indigenous peoples ‘sacred’ and protected by law (2/8/2018)
(Philippines) -- The Commission on Human Rights reminds the government that any development plans on ancestral domains, including opening them to investors, should take...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article From Coffee To Cannabis: Colombia's Choice Between Economic Development And 'CannaMercantilism' (7/19/2019)
(Colombia) -- This is the second of a two-part series on the history of Colombia’s troubled past and how it has informed its route to cannabis legalization.
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article The Indigenous Tribes Fighting to Reclaim Stevia From Coca-Cola (7/15/2019)
(Paraguay) -- Luis Arce steps into the center of a sacred grove of trees on a high hilltop in Paraguay’s Amambay highlands. Wearing black cowboy boots, a faded baseball...
article Māori vegans decolonise their diet (7/2/2019)
(Worldwide) -- A University of Canterbury doctoral scholar is researching kaimangatanga or kaupapa Māori veganism. Kirsty Dunn from Te Aupouri and Te Rarawa, who holds a...
article Indigenous foods showcased in Ngā Kai a Matariki (6/27/2019)
(New Zealand) -- Several local hotels and caterers are preparing to cook delicious dishes showcasing Māori indigenous cuisine for the Ngā Kai a Matariki – The...
article Approved Pesticides in Brazil Spike Under New Administration (6/12/2019)
(Brazil) -- More than a hundred new pesticides were approved in Brazil since its new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took office in January of this year. According...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

article Australian Elders visit Rosebud Reservation (7/10/2019)
(South Dakota) -- On June 27, 2019, seven elders from Australia traveled to Lakota Country to share knowledge, customs, wisdom and togetherness with Lakota tribal...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBTQ

article Trans indigenous women eke out a tough living in Colombia (6/26/2019)
(Colombia) -- When Erika Aisama decided to live as a transgender woman in an indigenous community in Colombia, the punishment was brutal: her father shaved her head and...
article Colombia’s indigenous transgender women find refuge, freedom working on coffee farms (5/15/2018)
(Colombia) -- Although photographer Lena Mucha had worked with indigenous communities while studying anthropology, she had never approached them with a camera. But after...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mental Health

article When there is no ritual to dream: The silence of Indigenous suicide (5/23/2019)
(Australia) -- The high rates of Indigenous youth suicide in Australia can only be addressed if the country first changes and confronts both its historical and...
article 'Unspeakable': how can Australia stop the Indigenous suicide epidemic? (5/13/2019)
(Australia) -- Since the start of this year, 62 Aboriginal people – 15 of them children – have died by suicide. More than half of them were under 25 years...
article 'Intergenerational trauma' behind spate of child suicides in Kimberley, coroner finds (2/7/2019)
(Australia) -- A major coronial report has found abuse, inter-generational trauma, and poverty were responsible for a spate of suicides by young Indigenous people in the...
article If the Kimberley was a country, it would have the worst suicide rate in the world (2/7/2019)
(Australia) -- If Western Australia's remote Kimberley region was a country – and with an area of half a million square kilometres it's big enough to be...
article It’s despair, not depression, that’s responsible for Indigenous suicide (1/6/2019)
(Australia) -- Last year, 165 Indigenous Australians died as a result of suicide. Despite continued efforts to improve suicide prevention programs, there has been no...
article Suicide crisis in remote Indigenous communities 'Australia's shame', Senate inquiry finds (12/4/2018)
(Australia) -- A Senate inquiry into mental health in rural and remote areas has found that suicide has long since reached a crisis level in Aboriginal and Torres Strait...
article Aboriginal activist opens up about her 'brain trauma' which she claims is caused by the abuse suffered by her ancestors (11/5/2018)
(Australia) -- Proud aboriginal activist Leilani Clarke who has been called a 'wonderful' young person by a magistrate and has gained attention for her disdain...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Amazon Tribe Wins Lawsuit Against Oil Company, Saving Huge Amount Of Rainforest (5/16/2019)
(Ecuador) -- An Amazon tribe has won a huge lawsuit against big oil, saving vast acres of precious rainforest by doing so. The Ecuadorian government’s intentions...
article Horseman Rides Into Crowd of Anti-Coal Protesters in Australia, Injuring Woman (4/28/2019)
(Australia) -- The battle over plans for a gargantuan coal mine in central Australia turned violent Sunday, when a man on a horse rode into a crowd of protesters,...
article Brazil to build long-resisted Amazon transmission line on indigenous land (3/13/2019)
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s Bolsonaro government has invoked reasons of national security to push forward on the construction of a long-resisted 125 kilometer (78 mile)...
article Amazon rainforest's riches up for grabs as Brazil to open indigenous reserves to mining (3/8/2019)
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s new right-wing government led by former army captain, Jair Bolsonaro, is going ahead with announced changes to current mining regulations,...
article Brazil aims to open indigenous reserves to mining: minister (3/8/2019)
(Brazil) -- The government of Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is preparing an overhaul of mining sector regulations that will include opening up...
article Brazilian indigenous community threatened in aftermath of dam burst (2/4/2019)
(Brazil) -- In her 88 years, Antonia Alves has seen much hardship as a member of Brazil's indigenous community, whose people have often been driven from their ancestral...
article Protestors Call Out Hypocrisy At Equator Principles Meeting (10/22/2018)
(Brazil) -- In October, 2018, major global banks met to revise the Equator Principles, which are industry-led due diligence standards to prevent banks from endorsing...
article Chevron has avoided justice for environmental crimes in Ecuador and the U.S. (4/17/2018)
(Ontario) -- AlterNetThis Tuesday, April 17, a court in Toronto will hear the latest round of arguments in the epic legal battle between Chevron and the Ecuadorian...
article How Peru excludes indigenous voices in its quest to develop the Amazon (2/8/2018)
(Peru) -- The Peruvian government has a clear development agenda for its Amazon rainforest regions. Oil extraction is already happening on a large scale. That will be...
article Hydroelectric Projects Are Displacing Indigenous Groups in the Amazon (2/8/2018)
(Brazil) -- In 2011, Norte Energia began constructing the Belo Monte Dam on Brazil’s Xingu River, and when the group finishes in 2019, it will own the fourth...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Sports Betting

article Puerto Rico; A Unique Sports Betting Challenge (5/6/2019)
(Puerto Rico) -- In Puerto Rico, gambling happens everywhere from corner bars to corporate-owned casinos to the Hipodrom Camarero. But the island presents an interesting...
1 Article on this Issue

Maryland Gaming

article SNEAK PEEK: Wu-Tang Clan's RZA Talks Australia's Indigenous History With Briggs (12/18/2018)
(Australia) -- Right before kicking off a four-show run at the Sydney Opera House, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA sat down with Aussie artist Briggs inside the iconic venue to...
1 Article on this Issue

National Congress of American Indians

article NCAI Representative Frank Ettawageshik to WIPO: “Respect Indigenous Peoples’ Rights” (12/11/2018)
(Switzerland) -- Frank Ettawageshik, the former chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, who has done extensive work on behalf of Indigenous Peoples...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Indigenous leaders in 'crisis talks' with PM over Closing the Gap (12/10/2018)
(Australia) -- Indigenous leaders held “crisis talks” with Scott Morrison last week to demand the government keep its promise to enter into a formal...
1 Article on this Issue

Virtual & Augmented Reality

article This VR Film Takes You on an Ayahuasca Journey to the Amazon (9/3/2018)
(UK) -- This is Awavena, a 17-minute “mixed-reality” work that melds augmented reality, 360-degree film footage, and virtual reality. It was funded by the...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Voters pack Twin Arrows (8/2/2018)
(Arizona) -- Former delegate and vice president Rex Lee Jim never told his colleagues that he helped draft the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous...
1 Article on this Issue

Winnemem Wintu

article NZ link to salmon wiped out in California 70 years ago (7/24/2018)
(New Zealand) -- Members of a Native American tribe have returned to Canterbury and should know "very soon" whether an extinct species of California salmon is...
1 Article on this Issue

Standing Rock Sioux

article Dave Archambault II, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal leader during protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipe (7/16/2018)
(Australia) -- This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international...
1 Article on this Issue

Water Issues

article Australia: Indigenous Mining Town Residents Demand Blood Tests After Lead Found in Water (4/23/2018)
(Australia) -- Indigenous residents in the Northern Territory mining town of Borroloola are calling on the Health Department to blood test families, amid revelations...
article 'It's our lifeblood': the Murray-Darling and the fight for Indigenous water rights (4/9/2018)
(Australia) -- When the water levels of the Darling river fall, local elders in Wilcannia, New South Wales, say, the crime rate spikes, particularly juvenile crime.
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Code Talkers

article OP/ED: Not a matter of choice (4/15/2018)
(Saipan) -- Recently, in a news article, Rep. Donald Barcinas stated to the effect, that come hell or high water, he’s releasing $150,000 of the Saipan-Northern...
1 Article on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article 'Uncanny similarity': new Damien Hirst works in spot of bother in Australia (3/29/2018)
(Australia) -- The paintings in a new exhibition by the British artist Damien Hirst have raised eyebrows in Australiafor bearing an “uncanny similarity” to...
article Lotto warned about using cultural appropriation (2/14/2018)
(New Zealand) -- The Lotteries Commission (Lotto) recently released an augmented reality (AR) app to coincide with Chinese New Year. The app links to an instant kiwi...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article Brazil's indigenous people swear to fight for Amazon 'to last drop of blood' (8/24/2019)
(Brazil) -- Members of Brazil’s Mura indigenous tribe painted their bodies with orange-red paint and took up long bows and clubs as they headed into the jungle...
article Devastating images show indigenous Amazon tribe's home wrecked by fire (8/24/2019)
(Brazil) -- Heartbreaking images show an indigenous tribe looking on after their homes were destroyed by a fire in the Amazon rainforest. The Mura tribe’s natural...
article Māori leaders urge group to drop Sydney land claim (8/24/2019)
(Australia) -- A Māori group is standing firm on its claim over the site of Sydney's largest business district. The hapu claims a local tribe gifted them the 112...
article AUDIO: New Exhibit Displays Dozens Of Indigenous Maps From 16th Century Mexico (8/23/2019)
(Mexico) -- An exhibition in Austin, Texas, displays maps from 16th century Mexico. They were created by indigenous peoples to help Spanish invaders map occupied lands....
article Amazon tribe looks on helplessly as rainforest is destroyed by man and fire (8/23/2019)
(Brazil) -- These devastating images show an indigenous family surveying the ruins of their homeland in the Amazon rainforest. Surrounded by dry soil and fallen timber,...
article Amazon wildfires part of 'genocide' facing Brazil's Indigenous peoples, advocate says (8/23/2019)
(Brazil) -- The Brazilian government's push to escalate agricultural and mining developments in the Amazon at the expense of Indigenous rights actively brought about...
article The American Missionary and the Uncontacted Tribe (8/22/2019)
(India) -- When a 26-year-old American missionary set out for a lush island in the Indian Ocean last year, it was with one objective in mind: to convert the uncontacted...
article Tura To Transport The Kimberleys To Victoria ACT And NSW (8/22/2019)
(Australia) -- Tura New Music (WA) will take its highly acclaimed Kimberley Echoes to Victoria, ACT and NSW in November and December, the result of 5 years of...
article A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home (8/22/2019)
(Australia) -- It was one of the more cinematic funeral caravans in recent memory. In November 2017, a black vintage hearse trundled across the verdant Australian sheep...
article Māori group claiming Sydney land in Australian court case (8/21/2019)
(Australia) -- A group of Māori have taken their fight to gain control of land in Sydney they say belongs to them to Australia's Federal Court. In May, Lady Crown, on...
article Karla Grant builds a home for Indigenous documentaries (8/21/2019)
(Australia) -- A new series showcasing the best of Australia’s Indigenous documentary makers has hit the small screen this week on SBS’s NITV. Karla Grant presents will...
article New Zealand’s Maori speak out (8/15/2019)
(New Zealand) -- A place where Maori first settled and thrived in New Zealand is the site of a proposed housing development. Protesters have been camping out at Ihumatao...
article Opinion: Mexico wants to run a tourist train through its Mayan heartland — should it? (8/14/2019)
(Mexico) -- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a dream for the Yucatan Peninsula. He wants to build a train that will leverage the tourism economy of Cancun by...
article Indigenous Australians Minister rules out judicial inquiry into Native Title (8/11/2019)
(Australia) -- The federal government says it has no plans for a royal commission into native title "at this time". This comes after calls for an inquiry by...
article ‘Sinaloa Cartel’ claims responsibility for attempted massacre on native Colombians (8/11/2019)
(Colombia) -- A group claiming to be Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel claimed responsibility for the attempted massacre of a group of native Colombians in the southwest of...
article Exclusive top Māori language academy comes to an end (8/11/2019)
(New Zealand) -- The country's most exclusive and top Māori language academy has come to an end. Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori trained some of the nation's...
article Indigenous women in Brazil hold protest against Bolsonaro (8/10/2019)
(Brazil) -- Hundreds of indigenous women are arriving in Brazil’s capital to protest the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro. Tamikua Faustino of the Pataxó tribe told...
article In New Zealand, young Māori women lead the battle for indigenous rights (8/10/2019)
(New Zealand) -- Five years ago, law graduate Pania Newton and her cousins got together around a kitchen table and agreed to do everything in their power to prevent a...
article Hear Indigenous language speakers from around the globe through Google Earth (8/9/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Users of Google Earth are now able to hear over 50 Indigenous language speakers from across the globe saying words and simple phrases and even singing...
article Tackle failing food systems before it's too late — 820 million people are already going hungry (8/8/2019)
(USA) -- They feed everyone. They provide livelihoods for billions. But they generate up to a third of greenhouse gas emissions. One-third of what they produce is never...

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