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Mining & Drilling

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...
article Sapara People of Ecuador Fight Big Oil For Broken Promises (8/18/2017)
(Ecuador) -- The Sapara people of Ecuador are fighting to keep more oil drilling out of their territory, especially after a recent meeting with the Ecuadorean government...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

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,...
article Brazil: campaigners welcome court rulings in favor of indigenous land rights (8/17/2017)
(Brazil) -- Indigenous activists and human rights campaigners around the world yesterday celebrated Brazil’s Supreme Court ruling unanimously in favor of...
article Desperation is driving an indigenous tribe in Venezuela to make the trek into Brazil (6/18/2017)
(Brazil) -- Bergassio Quiñonez knew he had to get his family out of Venezuela when his wife and two young daughters went without eating for four days. Their home in...
14 Total Articles on this Issue

Mental Health

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...
article Inquest into high rate of suicide in Indigenous communities in WA's north (6/25/2017)
(Australia) -- Ten years after an almost identical inquiry, the State Coroner will examine the suicide of 13 Aboriginal people from the Kimberley region —...
6 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...
article Inside Colombia's Public Beauty Pageant for Indigenous Trans Women [video] (6/16/2017)
(Colombia) -- "In this episode of Miscellania, our colleagues over at Vice Colombia explore the indigenous queer community at an Amazonian beauty pageant."
5 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...
article The U.N. Is Moving To Make Cultural Appropriation Not Just Offensive, But Illegal (6/17/2017)
(Switzerland) -- United Nations delegates are finally addressing an issue that has been pushed by indigenous groups since 2001: cultural appropriation. 189 countries are...
3 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 Australian Aboriginals to get billions in compensation for land & spiritual loss in landmark case (3/15/2019)
(Australia) -- Aboriginals in Australia have won a ground-breaking case that paves the way for billions of dollars in compensation claims for colonial land loss, as well...
article Will Brazil’s Bolsonaro protect more than 100 uncontacted indigenous communities? (3/15/2019)
(Brazil) -- Protecting the environment is becoming the subject of a strong domestic debate in Brazil—especially after two recent dam disasters raised questions about how...
article Who Can Tell the Story of an Indigenous Community? (3/13/2019)
(New Zealand) -- Twenty years after his first visit to New Zealand, photographer Martin Toft makes a photobook about—and for—the Māori.
article Oxford museum comes under pressure to remove shrunken heads after complaints from indigenous South American tribes (3/10/2019)
(UK) -- A museum collection of shrunken human heads could be removed from display after complaints from a group of indigenous South Americans. The Pitt Rivers Museum in...
article Amazon tribe testifies Brazilian military slaughtered hundreds to make room for highway (3/8/2019)
(Brazil) -- In a thatched hut customarily used for festivities, members of the Waimiri-Atroari tribe in Brazil's Amazon told a non-indigenous judge last week how...
article Brazil sends expedition to protect isolated Amazon tribe (3/7/2019)
(Brazil) -- Brazilian anthropologists are looking for members of an Amazon tribe that has had little or no contact with the outside world to steer them clear of a rival...
article High risk expedition to reach isolated tribe in Brazil (3/7/2019)
(Brazil) -- Brazil's agency for indigenous peoples has sent off a rare and high-risk expedition hoping to contact a small, isolated group in the Amazon and reunite...
article More than 140 children may have had their hearts removed in ancient sacrifice in Peru (3/6/2019)
(Peru) -- Anthropologists have found evidence of a mass ritual killing that involved the deaths of more than 140 children, three adults, and at least 200 young llamas on...
article Brazil’s Culture Wars Make a Graphic Appearance in Bolsonaro’s Twitter Feed (3/6/2019)
(Brazil) -- As millions of Brazilians enjoyed the last few hours of Carnival, Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right president, denounced what he said was the debauchery of...
article The Global Assault on Indigenous Peoples (3/4/2019)
(Brazil) -- A few years ago when I was in Panama I was fortunate to spend some time with the indigenous Ngäbe–Buglé. They reside in the lush rainforest that...
article Ready for war: Indigenous tribesmen prepare their bows and arrows (3/3/2019)
(Brazil) -- Although many countries have recently been gripped by a wave of populism and strongman leaders, the recent election of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro...
article Gruesome end of last ‘full blood’ (3/2/2019)
(Australia) -- The story of William "King Billy" Lanne is both tragic and macabre but the grisly fate of the person said to be Tasmania's last full-blooded Aboriginal...
article Venezuelan army opens fire on Pemon tribe, Venezuela (3/1/2019)
(Venezuela) -- Soldiers have opened fire on a group of Pemon Indians, killing a woman and wounding at least 25 people. Four more Pemon have since died from wounds...
article ‘As Long As They Don’t Kill Us, We Will Survive’: Brazil’s First Black Trans Lawmaker Resists Fear (3/1/2019)
(Brazil) -- Erica Malunguinho, Brazil’s first black trans woman to be elected a state representative, walked through the Sao Paulo state legislative assembly for...
article Supreme Court stays Feb 13 order to evict nearly 1.89 million tribals (2/28/2019)
(India) -- In a relief to forest dwelling tribes and households, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed its February 13 order in which it had asked states to evict nearly...
article Waranà: A Tale of Indigenous Resistance (2/27/2019)
(Brazil) -- The Sateré-Mawé people live near the sources of the Andirà and Marau rivers, in the Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The bond that these people share with...
article Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration (2/26/2019)
(Spain) -- Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by...
article An amnesty for crimes against humanity? Guatemalan proposal stirs outrage (2/24/2019)
(Guatemala) -- For years, it was dangerous to speak of the horrific abuses by security forces during this small country’s 36-year civil war. The army and its...
article 'When will it stop': Indigenous AFL star calls out 'abhorrent' racist comments (2/23/2019)
(Australia) -- Indigenous AFL star Eddie Betts has publicly shamed a social media user who called him and another Aboriginal player 'monkeys'. Betts' club,...
article How smallpox devastated the Aztecs – and helped Spain conquer an American civilization 500 years ago (2/23/2019)
(Mexico) -- Recent outbreaks in the U.S. have drawn attention to the dangers of measles. The Democratic Republic of Congo is fighting a deadly outbreak of Ebola that has...

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