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Land Issues

article The land the NDIS forgot: the remote Indigenous communities losing the postcode lottery (11/4/2019)
(Australia) -- More than half of Northern Territory participants in the disability scheme are Indigenous – and for those who live on country, isolation, culture...
article Replanting culture and history on aboriginal land (10/24/2019)
(Montana) -- The Creator set the table for the Bitterroot Salish, and in response the Bitterroot Salish lived in harmony with creations flora and fauna gift, ensuring...
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...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Water Issues

article South Australian Aboriginal community runs dry and calls for help (11/4/2019)
(Australia) -- An Aboriginal community on South Australia's west coast calls on the federal government for relief after running out of water.
article Indigenous people need a say on water rights, U.N. rapporteur urges (8/30/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Indigenous peoples from the Amazon to the Arctic are being left out of the global conversation on water property rights, a United Nations' indigenous...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article Ricky Gervais makes amends in art row (10/29/2019)
(Australia) -- Ricky Gervais has made changes to the new series of After Life after being accused of cultural appropriation. The comic had faced a backlash over a...
article Cultural Appropriation, Appreciation, and Denigration (10/22/2019)
(Worldwide) -- My favorite young country singer, Kacey Musgraves, has been criticized for wearing a traditional Vietnamese dress. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...
article The Aboriginal flag dispute in focus: who owns the right to use? (9/23/2019)
(Australia) -- The Australian government is considering whether to compulsorily acquire the rights to use the Aboriginal flag on public policy grounds. Kate O'Rourke...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

press release One World Pharma and Colombia’s Misak Tribe Enter into Cultivation and Sale Agreement (10/24/2019)
(Nevada) -- One World Pharma Inc. (OTC Pink: OWPC), "OWP," a fully licensed cannabis and hemp producer in Colombia, is pleased to announce that it has agreed...
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.
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Election 2020

article In Pictures: The indigenous tribes fighting to save the Amazon (10/21/2019)
(Brazil) -- According to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the number of Amazon forest fires this year increased by 84 percent compared to 2018. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Indigiearth brings gourmet bush tucker to the table (9/25/2019)
(Australia) -- For many Australians food is the centre of celebration, bringing together family, friends and loved ones. Ngemba Weilwan woman, Sharon Winsor is bringing...
article BLOG: Indigenous Medicine– From Illegal to Integral (9/25/2019)
(Worldwide) -- In the 2020 Summer Olympics, we will undoubtedly see large, red circles down the arms and backs of many Olympians. These spots are a side-effect of...
article Sustainable food the theme on menu at popular food forum (9/10/2019)
(Ireland) -- Aboriginal chefs Luke Bourke, Dave Gray, Josh Moore and Samuel Bourke of Sydney’s Rockpool Restaurant, after their arrival at Cork Airport in advance...
article Brazil is the world's largest beef exporter — here's why eating meat is linked to the Amazon fires (8/30/2019)
(Brazil) -- The Amazon rainforest continues to burn at a record rate: more than 80,000 fires have been recorded this year, over an 80% increase of the total number of...
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...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

MMIW

article Inquest into Tanya Day’s death in custody (9/13/2019)
(Australia) -- On a chilly Saturday evening in the midst of the six-week inquest into the death in custody of Aunty Tanya Day, I made the last-minute decision to drive...
article Tanya Day's family call for criminal investigation on final day of coronial inquest (9/13/2019)
(Australia) -- Family members of an Aboriginal woman who died after suffering catastrophic brain injuries while locked in a Victorian police cell are adamant she will be...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Indigenous protests in Peru halt output at Frontera oil block (9/10/2019)
(Peru) -- Indigenous communities took control of a small airport and an oil pumping station in Peru to demand the government clean up pollution, halting production at an...
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...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article AFN National Chief urges Canada to press Brazil over violence against Indigenous people (8/31/2019)
(Canada) -- Canada needs to pressure Brazil to end violations of Indigenous rights, says the head of Canada's largest Indigenous organization in a letter sent to...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article TRAHANT: Donald Trump tried to buy an Indigenous island (8/26/2019)
(Washington D.C.) -- Sometimes a headline makes you go, “huh.” Then you think about it ... and it’s even worse. The story: President Donald J. Trump...
1 Article 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...
1 Article 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

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

Other News

article Russia shuts down Arctic indigenous rights group (11/16/2019)
(Russia) -- Moscow’s city court has ruled to disband an indigenous people’s rights group almost 20 years after its founding, the latest in a series of NGO...
article The Wiphala: what does this indigenous flag mean? (11/15/2019)
(Chile) -- Brian O‘Sullivan is an expert on the O’Higgins region, running O‘Higgins Tours. In a series of guest blogs, he writes about Chilean culture...
article The term 'Australia Day' will be BANNED from adverts promoting a popular festival on January 26 - as another council scraps its annual celebrations altogether (11/12/2019)
(Australia) -- A Western Australian festival to be held on January 26 has dropped the term 'Australia Day' from its advertising in respect for Aboriginal and...
article In Marshall Islands, radiation threatens tradition of handing down stories by song (11/11/2019)
(Marshall Islands) -- For centuries, the people of the Marshall Islands have told their history through song. They sang of unrequited love, sea voyages, marine life,...
article Bolivian President Morales resigns from office after deadly protests (11/10/2019)
(Bolivia) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation Sunday amid unrest over a disputed election he had claimed to win. Earlier in the day, under...
article Frozen in time, the casts of Indigenous Australians who performed in ‘human zoos’ are chilling (11/10/2019)
(France) -- In a large storage room in the basement of the former Musée d'Histoires Naturelles in Lyon, France, stands a rare relic of the colonial era: a full-body...
article How US colonialism affects Indigenous peoples’ stewardship and access to food (11/9/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Even before the 20th century, what "climate change" refers to in English was not a new or profound concept for many Indigenous peoples....
article The Inca Empire: What Made it so Powerful? (11/9/2019)
(South America) -- The Inca (also spelled as Inka) Empire was a South American empire that existed between the 15th and 16th centuries. The Inca Empire was the largest...
article Australian artist creates 'Blood Money' currency to highlight history of Indigenous dispossession (11/8/2019)
(Australia) -- On a mild, mid-October evening in Adelaide, Brisbane artist Ryan Presley watched on as the Art Gallery of South Australia's North Terrace forecourt filled...
article Conquistadors tumble as indigenous Chileans tear down statues (11/5/2019)
(Chile) -- As peaceful protesters and rioters alike have thronged the streets of the Chilean capital of Santiago to protest against inequality and state repression, a...
article Indigenous Brazilians protest Amazon deforestation outside EU Commission (11/5/2019)
(Brazil) -- A group of Brazilian indigenous people burned a tree and held banners outside the European Council in Brussels on Tuesday in a protest against fires in the...
article Paulo Paulino Guajajara: Brazilian Indigenous Leader Killed by Loggers (11/5/2019)
(Brazil) -- An Indigenous leader was killed in an ambush by illegal loggers on Friday in Brazil’s Amazon frontier region.
article Exploitation of frail Indigenous artists 'modern-day slavery' (11/5/2019)
(Australia) -- The alleged exploitation of frail and elderly Indigenous artists by unscrupulous art dealers amounts to “modern-day slavery” of vulnerable...
article Amazon 'Forest Guardian' Paulo Paulino Guajajara murdered by illegal loggers in Brazil's north (11/4/2019)
(Brazil) -- An indigenous 'Forest Guardian' has been murdered by illegal loggers in the Amazon, leaders of the Guajajara tribe in northern Brazil said. Paulo Paulino...
article Former Labor frontbencher says party 'needs a soul’ and can’t win on economy alone (11/4/2019)
(Australia) -- Former Labor frontbencher Daryl Melham says Labor in this term must devote itself to dealing with unfinished business with Indigenous Australians,...
article After Uluru: Other Australian Aboriginal sites like Wollumbin Mount Warning could close too (11/4/2019)
(Australia) -- Call it the Uluru effect. With the world-famous Aboriginal site now closed to climbing by tourists, other destinations in Australia are considering...
article Harper's Bazaar Australia defends 'racist' cover (11/4/2019)
(Australia) -- Harper's Bazaar Australia is defending the cover of its December issue after a backlash from angry fans over its choice of models.The cover features...
article Illegal loggers kill Amazon indigenous warrior who guarded forest, wound another (11/3/2019)
(Brazil) -- Illegal loggers in the Amazon ambushed an indigenous group that was formed to protect the forest and shot dead a young warrior and wounded another, leaders...
article Amazon Guardian killed, another shot, as loggers attack in Brazil (11/2/2019)
(Brazil) -- An indigenous Amazon Guardian has been shot dead by loggers and another wounded after they were ambushed by loggers. Paulo Paulino Guajajara, known also as...
article Largest Child-Sacrifice Graveyard Strikes Huge Blow to Native American Innocence Myth (11/2/2019)
(Peru) -- Every Columbus Day, liberals insist that the story of European colonization is a simple narrative of good versus evil: horrible Europeans came upon innocent...

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