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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...
article Cabinet proposed Mining Act revisions disputed by NGOs (12/7/2017)
(Taiwan) -- The Cabinet on Thursday approved a draft amendment to the Mining Act to address the problematic regulatory framework for the mining sector under which...
article Beautiful photos of isolated tribe in remote Amazon rainforest, with mining companies edging closer (11/2/2017)
(Brazil) -- The Waiapi, an ancient tribe in a remote part of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, live in fear of invasion by international mining companies. Surrounded by...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Mental Health

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...
6 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

Land Issues

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...
article Pope's Chilean Tour 'Could Damage Indigenous Communities' (12/26/2017)
(Chile) -- Mapuche leaders say they aren't opposed to the pope's imminent visit, but warn that his arrival may actually serve to aggravate their situation. Pope...
article 5,000 indigenous citizens forced from homes in land war (11/30/2017)
(Mexico) -- More than 5,000 indigenous Mexicans including pregnant women, sick children and the elderly have been forced to flee their homes because of a land war...
article Paraguay Launches First Website To Register Native Lands (11/30/2017)
(Paraguay) -- Various indigenous groups have launched the first online platform mapping ancestral Indigenous territories in Paraguay which are either formally recognized...
article Over 1500 indigenous communities in danger of losing their land (9/19/2017)
(Argentina) -- Argentina's Indigenous Territorial Emergency Law, which restrains legal evictions and prevents native communities from losing their ancestral lands,...
14 Total Articles 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

LGBTQ

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...
article ‘Mob has always been there for me’: Indigenous drag performers to lead Midsumma pride march (1/16/2018)
(Australia) -- On 26 January, while the country celebrates, mourns or ignores Australia Day, Zac Collins-Widders will march through Melbourne in defence of his...
article Same-sex marriage critics ‘a danger to gay indigenous’ (11/12/2017)
(Australia) -- Indigenous calls to reject marriage equality because it would subvert millennia-old definitions could compound the harm already being done to gay and...
article Elizabeth Kerekere speaks on Maori LGBTQ term takatāpui (10/3/2017)
(New Zealand) -- For Maori who don't fit neatly into carefully constructed moulds of gender and sexuality the term takatāpui can be a relief. Scholar Elizabeth...
4 Total Articles 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

MMIW

article Have you seen these girls? Teens missing from Greenbank (1/4/2018)
(Australia) -- Police are appealing for help locate two 14-year-old girls reported missing from their Eland St residence at Greenbank. The girls (pictured) were last...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Indigenous bones returned to Australia century after black-market trade reveal cruel treatment (5/20/2019)
(Australia) -- An ugly chapter of human trafficking and black-market trading of body parts in Western Australia has been laid bare, with the return of 14 sets of human...
article SA Aboriginal child placement rate (5/20/2019)
(Australia) -- South Australia’s Guardian for Children and Young People has criticised a “concerning” decline in the number of Aboriginal children being placed with...
article Maori paying for treaty settlements (5/13/2019)
(New Zealand) -- In 2018, just $20 million was paid out in Treaty settlements. A new report shows annual tax taken from Maori via their consumption of tobacco, alcohol...
article Tobacco, alcohol and gambling tax costing Māori over $1b a year (5/13/2019)
(New Zealand) -- Tax taken from tobacco, alcohol and gambling consumption cost Māori over $1b in 2018, a report has found.While consumption of alcohol and gambling was...
article Fears over rising violence in Amazon as 'forest guardians' battle logging (5/13/2019)
(Brazil) -- Following traditional rituals, indigenous chief Olimpio Santos Guajajara paints his face with red dye from urucum seeds as he prepares to go on patrol to...
article Their Islands Are Being Eroded. So Are Their Human Rights, They Say. (5/12/2019)
(Australia) -- A group of Indigenous Australians from low-lying islands in the Torres Strait argue that Australia, by failing to act on climate change, has violated...
article Maori paying for treaty settlements (5/12/2019)
(New Zealand) -- In 2018, just $20 million was paid out in Treaty settlements. A new report shows annual tax taken from Maori via their consumption of tobacco, alcohol...
article There's no such thing as an Aboriginal 'alien' – and the high court should say so (5/10/2019)
(Australia) -- Aboriginal people have occupied the continent of Australia for more than 60,000 years, so why does the Australian government feel justified imprisoning...
article Traces of Five Psychoactive Drugs Found in Thousand-Year-Old South American Ritual Kit (5/10/2019)
(Bolivia) -- A 1000-year-old collection of drug paraphernalia found in a rock shelter in Bolivia features traces of five psychoactive chemicals, including cocaine and...
article Celine Cousteau’s ‘Tribes on the Edge,’ puts battle for Amazon Indigenous rights in limelight (5/8/2019)
(Brazil) -- Celine Cousteau made her first journey into the waterways of the Amazon rainforest with her family at age 9. Little did she know at the time that the 18-...
article High court to rule on whether Indigenous people can be deported from Australia (5/7/2019)
(Australia) -- The federal government’s attempts to deport two Indigenous men have gone before the high court, examining what lawyers for the two men have said are “...
article OP/ED: Indigenous ‘guardians of Nature’ under siege (5/7/2019)
(Worldwide) -- From Amazon rainforests to the Arctic Circle, indigenous peoples are leveraging ancestral know-how to protect habitats that have sustained them for...
article ‘Indigenous people are guardians of global biodiversity – but we need protection too’ (5/7/2019)
(Brazil) -- In releasing its massive, 1,800-page report on the state of global biodiversity, an intergovernmental body unequivocally recognised for the first time that...
article This 1,000-Year-Old Shaman's Bag Contained Various Psychotropic Drugs, Including Coke (5/6/2019)
(Bolivia) -- Native American shamans living in South America 1,000 years ago had quite the pharmacopoeia in their toolkits. A shaman's bag found in Bolivia contained a...
article Heartbreaking pics reveal the true scale of Amazon deforestation and its destructive effects on indigenous tribes (5/4/2019)
(Brazil) -- FOREST fires, mass flooding and water pollution are some of the shattering impacts that a 'mega dam' is having on the Amazon. Canadian...
article An Aboriginal approach to mental health is helping farmers deal with drought (5/4/2019)
(Australia) -- A coal truck roars past, stirring up red dust that blows over the famished cattle and sheep lying in grassless paddocks. The carcasses of dead kangaroos...
article Māori disappointed ancestral land up for tender for oil and gas drilling in Taranaki (5/4/2019)
(New Zealand) -- The latest block offer, announced this week, covers 2200 square metres of land around Mt Taranaki. Ngāti Ruanui chief executive Debbie Ngarewa-Packer...
article Ngāti Hinerangi and Crown settle Treaty breaches (5/4/2019)
(New Zealand) -- An apology has been given to an iwi left virtually landless with the Crown signing a Deed of Settlement for historic Treaty breaches. Matamata-based iwi...
article Clive Palmer's $100m Aboriginal foundation only has $109 in it, records show (5/2/2019)
(Australia) -- Clive Palmer’s $100m foundation to benefit Aboriginal people launched 10 years ago only has $109 in it, despite never having disbursed a grant or...
article Ancient skull reveals Mayans used severed heads to burn incense (5/1/2019)
(Mexico) -- An ancient skull that was used as a gruesome incense holder by a Mayan tribe has been discovered in Mexico. Experts say the poor victim was likely sacrificed...

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