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article Moai Than Meets the Eye: More Proof Bering Strait Theory is Wrong (11/21/2014)
(Texas) -- The indigenous people called the island Rapa Nui; the Spanish explorers called it Isla de Pascua, Spanish for the name bestowed by the Dutch “discoverer...
article BARREIRO: Andean Journal: Recovering Native Languages (10/18/2014)
(Washington D.C.) -- Something of the sentiment and thrust current in the American Indian/Indigenous world of the Americas was evident in a recent session in Lima, Peru.
article MORRIS: Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (10/18/2014)
(Colorado) -- While watching the fraudulently-labeled United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (HLPM/WCIP) on UN WebTV on September 22-23, I was reminded of...
article GIAGO: American Indians and Australian Aborigines Traveled a Similar Path (9/7/2014)
(South Dakota) -- There is a colonization connection the indigenous people of Australia and America share. Both were driven to the brink of annihilation by invaders....
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Australians share indigenous protected area strategies with N.W.T. (11/9/2014)
(North Canada) -- Daryl Lacey knows what it's like when environmental concerns and development come head to head. Twenty years ago, Lacey's elders grew concerned...
article Ecuador Minister to Apologize Publicly to Indigenous People Over Oil Project (10/1/2014)
(Ecuador) -- Justice Minister Ledy Zuniga will offer a public apology to a community from the Sarayaku indigenous group on Wednesday over the development of an oil...
article Dubbed Terrorists, Mayans Fight Back Against Guatemalan Mining Projects (9/11/2014)
(Guatemala) -- The road between the Guatemalan towns of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Quetzaltenango is guarded by a dozen thin, young, Mayan men in baseball caps and hooded...
article BLOG: Guatemalan Court Rules in Favor of Indigenous over Canadian Mining Company (8/7/2014)
(Guatemala) -- A Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the...
article Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal (7/24/2014)
(New Zealand) -- Ngati Ruanui is opposing an appeal to the High Court by a company, which wants to mine iron sand on the South Taranaki coast.
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...
41 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBT News

article Not in our culture? Open hearts helped me grow up Indigenous and gay (11/1/2014)
(Australia) -- I was about five years old, I reckon. My father, a Wiradjuri man, and I were getting out of our old family Valiant. We lived in what was called “the...
article Two Spirits in the Venezuelan Jungle (9/4/2014)
(Venezuela) -- A chance encounter with an anthropologist in Caracas led Álvaro Laiz to Venezuela’s remote eastern edge, where an indigenous people known as the...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article B.C. aboriginal leaders talk strategy over historic land-claims ruling (8/16/2014)
(Canada) -- Overlapping land claims are a major issue facing British Columbia First Nations as they try to move forward following a landmark land-title ruling, say...
1 Article 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

Other News

article Brutal Murder of Activists Raises the Stakes for Amazonian Tribes (11/23/2014)
(Peru) -- Pucallpa is the end of the road – the last town before the Amazon becomes impenetrable overland. From here, logs floated down the river are loaded on to...
article Patrick Dodson warns Aboriginal people will be refugees in their own country if communities close (11/23/2014)
(Australia) -- Eminent Aboriginal elder Patrick Dodson has lashed the Abbott government's decision to cease funding for essential services in remote communities, a...
article WA plan to close 100 remote and Indigenous communities 'devastating' (11/23/2014)
(Australia) -- Plans by the West Australian government to close more than 100 remote and primarily Indigenous communities is the “biggest threat to our people...
article 'Human safaris' and illegal fishing threaten world's most isolated tribes (11/23/2014)
(Andaman Islands) -- "Human safaris” taking tourists through the territory of a tribe that first made contact with outsiders only in the late 1990s threaten...
article Sacred sites set to lose status (11/22/2014)
(Australia) -- AUSTRALIA’S sacred site of Uluru would not qualify as a heritage site under new definitions by the WA government ­applying to sites requiring...
article Indigenous suicide: 'prevention should focus on cultural reconnection' (11/21/2014)
(Australia) -- Amid a rising epidemic of Indigenous suicide, elders and grassroots organisations are calling for prevention strategies to include Indigenous people and...
article The photo controversy over indigenous people (11/21/2014)
(UK) -- London, United Kingdom - British photographer Jimmy Nelson travelled for three years from 2009 to fulfil his objective of photographing 35 of the world's...
article Study reveals virtual whakapapa (11/19/2014)
(New Zealand) -- New research from Victoria University is showing how information technology is becoming culturally important for Maori. For her Master of Information...
article First Contact's casting reveals Australia's 'festering sore' (11/19/2014)
(Australia) -- The producers of SBS series First Contact did not have to look very far to find enough voices to reflect Australia's widespread discrimination towards...
article First Contact's Sandy sparks Twitter fury with racist comments (11/18/2014)
(Australia) -- She was touted as an out-and-proud racist ready to ruffle some feathers - and mortgage broker and mother-of-five Sandy certainly delivered for SBS in the...
article The floating islands of Peru’s Lake Titicaca (11/17/2014)
(Peru) -- The Uros islands are a group of 70 man-made totora reed islands floating on Peru’s Lake Titicaca. Its inhabitants, the Uros tribe, pre-date Incan...
article Opinion: I'm tired of Aboriginal people being seen as anthropological curiosities (11/16/2014)
(Australia) -- In 2001, I hosted an event for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. In the room were a former prime minister, a then...
article PNG police lack manpower to fight escalating tribal violence in Hela province, commander says (11/14/2014)
(Australia) -- Police in the PNG Highlands province of Hela say they are still waiting for backup forces to try to stop a tribal war, which has claimed 25 lives over two...
article In Guatemala, Indigenous Communities Prevail Against Monsanto (11/13/2014)
(Guatemala) -- Late in the afternoon of September 4, after nearly 10 days of protests by a coalition of labor, indigenous rights groups and farmers, the indigenous...
article KPMG denies role in alleged theft from Australia's richest Aboriginal land trust (11/11/2014)
(Australia) -- International accounting firm KPMG has denied it shares responsibility in an alleged theft of millions of dollars from an Aboriginal land trust in the...
article A Network of Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Mexico (11/10/2014)
(Mexico) -- With 68 indigenous languages and more than 300 variants spoken across the country, Mexico holds the distinction as one of the most linguistically diverse...
article How architecture can give voice to narratives of Indigenous culture: Jefa Greenaway (11/9/2014)
(Australia) -- Jefa Greenaway is director of Greenaway Architects and one of Victoria’s few Indigenous Australian architects. Architecture & Design spoke with...
article Mexico's History Is Even Richer Than We Thought (11/8/2014)
(Mexico) -- If a secret can keep for two millennia, another decade probably won't hurt — but it's pretty amazing when you consider the fact that said...
article Ten men charged for burning Indian woman alive in Paraguay (11/8/2014)
(Paraguay) -- Ten men from have been charged with first-degree murder for the death of an Indian woman in Paraguay. Adolfina Ocampos, 45, was from Tahehyi, a Guarani...
article Local Siberian tribe finds 9,300 year old mummified bison (11/7/2014)
(Siberia) -- A local Siberian tribe has discovered the mummified body of a Steppe bison which the researchers believe is almost 9,300 years old. The Steppe bison or the...

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