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Mining & Drilling

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...
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.
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 Concerns raised over the prospect of pokies in indigenous communities (7/22/2014)
(Australia) -- The Northern Territory government has raised the prospect of introducing social clubs into remote communities, along with poker machines.
article MORON ALERT: Did Iggy Azalea's Comments Upset The Aboriginal Community? (7/22/2014)
(Australia) -- An interview that Iggy Azalea did last year seems to have hit a nerve with Australia's Indigenous community.
article Previously uncontacted tribe returns to rainforest with flu (7/22/2014)
(Brazil) -- An Amazon tribe thought to be lost has reappeared — and some of its members have contracted influenza.
article Treaty of Waitangi claim to pass into law (7/21/2014)
(New Zealand) -- The ownership of 14 volcanic cones, islands and land in Auckland will pass into the ownership of local iwi on Thursday.
article Across Latin America, a Struggle for Communal Land and Indigenous Autonomy (7/21/2014)
(Mexico) -- Entering into the heart of indigenous communities in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, land of the Mixtecs and the Zapotecs, is like opening a door to a world of...
article Treaty of Waitangi claim to pass into law (7/20/2014)
(New Zealand) -- The ownership of 14 volcanic cones, islands and land in Auckland will pass into the ownership of local iwi on Thursday.
article 'Lost' tribe returns to the rainforest despite the threat of violence and disease (7/19/2014)
(Brazil) -- When they emerged from the forest on the outskirts of an Ashaninka indigenous community on the upper reaches of Brazil's Envira river, it was the first...
article Remote Indigenous Tribe Adopts Wi-Fi Network in Hopes of Survival (7/18/2014)
(Brazil) -- Davi Kopenawa, a shaman of the indigenous Yanomami tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, walks down a short hallway toward the computer to Skype with me. In his 50s...
article Bolivia: Indigenous Peoples Mobilize Against Highway Through the Rainforest (7/17/2014)
(Bolivia) -- Indigenous peoples in the eastern lowlands of Bolivia are set to begin a 600-km march to Bolivia’s capital city to protest plans for a new trans-...
article White American uses colonial-era law to try to establish fake African Kingdom (7/16/2014)
(USA) -- Jeremiah Heaton, of Abingdon, VA, believes he is the King of North Sudan, a totally made-up country. On June 16th, the dutiful father found an unoccupied patch...
article When languages die, ecosystems often die with them (7/16/2014)
(Australia) -- You probably know that much of the world's environment is under threat. But a new study says languages are disappearing alongside plants and animals.
article New HBO show doesn't sit well with Utah's Tongan community (7/15/2014)
(Utah) -- A petition is going around asking HBO to take a show out of its lineup before it even hits the air. Several members of the Tongan community found the show...
article Uncontacted Peoples Forced to Flee Peru as More Trouble Awaits (7/15/2014)
(Peru) -- Fleeing illegal loggers in the Peruvian Amazon, a group of previously uncontacted indigenous people appeared in Brazil in late June just days after indigenous...
article Immigrants Who Speak Indigenous Languages Encounter Isolation (7/13/2014)
(New York) -- Laura is a Mexican immigrant who lives in East Harlem, a neighborhood with one of the largest Latino populations in New York City. Yet she understands so...
article Isolated Amazonian Tribe Reaches Out For Help (7/13/2014)
(Brazil) -- After a gap of 20 years, an isolated Amazonian tribe has made contact with Brazilian scientists, according to an announcement from the country's Indian...
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...

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