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article Peruvian Indigenous Woman Harassed by Police Two Days After ICTMN Article (1/24/2015)
(Peru) -- On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Peruvian National Police officers along with members of the Securitas agency, who provides security services for the Yanacocha...
article Indigenous Warriors Who Shut Down Oil Facility in Ecuador Arrested (1/24/2015)
(Ecuador) -- After attacking and shutting down an oil field in Ecuador in early January, most of the Waorani warriors who were arrested for the attack will be tried soon...
article Waorani warriors attack, shut down oilfield in Ecuador (1/16/2015)
(Ecuador) -- Indigenous leaders are calling for the release of six tribesmen implicated in a raid on an oilfield in Eastern Ecuador that left six soldiers injured,...
article How One Indigenous Woman Took On a Multinational Mining Corporation... And Won (12/21/2014)
(Peru) -- For over three years, indigenous Peruvian farmworker Maxima Acuña de Chaupe has refused to allow a U.S.-based multinational corporation to turn her land into...
article Indigenous Voices: A Call to Keep the Oil in the Ground (12/12/2014)
(Ecuador) -- I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep...
article Brazil’s Javari valley threatened by Peruvian oil, warn tribes (11/28/2014)
(Brazil) -- An indigenous people whose territories are divided by the Brazil-Peru border in the remote Amazon say they are vehemently opposed to oil exploration on the...
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.
41 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

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

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 Isolated Awa in Brazil Forced Out of Their Lands Again by Illegal Loggers (1/30/2015)
(Brazil) -- Illegal logging is forcing isolated indigenous people out of their territory again in Maranhao province in northern Brazil, renewing concerns of further...
article Native Leaders Are Being Killed in the Amazon Because They Want the Right to Live (1/30/2015)
(Brazil) -- Imagine a United States that was still at war with its native tribes. Imagine that the Indian reservations that dot the American landscape had no respected...
article In Australia, there is the Aboriginal rights struggle (1/29/2015)
(Australia) -- In Australia there is no greater rights struggle than the Aboriginal rights struggle. It is a human rights struggle where not only the First Peoples of...
article At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought (1/28/2015)
(Belize) -- Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a "drought cult,"...
article Ambushed: Escaping the Cannibals of West Papua, Indonesia (1/28/2015)
(Indonesia) -- “The people are angry. They are very angry,” said Harun, my 50-year-old Asmat guide as we were frogmarched off the rickety pontoon and seated...
article 'Just give them casinos like we did and get on with your lives' (1/27/2015)
(Australia) -- A US stand-up comedian and star of multi award-winning television US show Breaking Bad has been taken to task by an Indigenous rights campaigner after...
article 'We have no friends in parliament,' Indigenous protesters tell Canberra (1/26/2015)
(Australia) -- Indigenous activists have protested outside parliament house in Canberra, saying that Aboriginal people have no friends in politics. Extra federal police...
article Australia Day: Indigenous people are told to 'get over it'. It's impossible (1/25/2015)
(Australia) -- Every year, Australia tries to wash away its hidden history with displays of overt nationalism. On 26 January, Australians plant their union jacks in...
article Tales of Ancient Sea Rise Told for 10,000 Years (1/25/2015)
(Australia) -- Melbourne, the southernmost state capital of the Australian mainland, was established by Europeans a couple hundred years ago at the juncture of a great...
article Evo Morales Begins Historic Third Term as President of Bolivia (1/24/2015)
(Bolivia) -- Clad in a brown tunic and crimson hat adorned with gold, Evo Morales emerged from a stone door in the ancient city of Tiwanaku on January 21 to address the...
article Helping Brazil's tribal groups benefit more from tourism (1/22/2015)
(Brazil) -- Sitting quietly in the corner of the wooden hut, wearing a crown made from bright blue feathers, the elder - or paje - of a small tribal village in the...
article Indigenous leader criticises lack of warning about asbestos contamination on bush healing farm site (1/18/2015)
(Australia) -- The chairman of the ACT's elected indigenous body says he was not warned of asbestos contamination at the site of a bush healing farm his constituents...
article John Pilger Interview: White Australians Would Like Aboriginal People to Disappear (1/18/2015)
(Australia) -- Noted journalist John Pilger directed and is the lead investigator in an extraordinary documentary, Utopia: An Epic Story of Struggle and Resistance....
article Aboriginal women lead change prevent high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome in remote Australia (1/18/2015)
(Australia) -- One in eight children born in 2002 or 2003 and living in remote Fitzroy Valley communities in Western Australia have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a landmark...
article Party Time! Remote Tribe Gets Bible in Their Language (1/17/2015)
(Indonesia) -- What happens when a remote tribal group receives God's word in their own language for the very first time? If it's Papua, Indonesia, the answer is...
article 'Jungle Book' tribes illegally evicted from tiger reserve (1/14/2015)
(India) -- Indigenous forest dwellers in India's iconic Kanha Tiger Reserve have suffered another round of illegal forced evictions at the hands of the country's...
article BLOG: Guns, Farms, and Oil: How Colombian Tribes are Being Driven to Extinction (1/14/2015)
(Colombia) -- At least 1,800 Indigenous people have been killed and 84,000 more displaced Colombia in the past 10 years. The tin-roofed, off-the-grid clinic at Chuscal...
article Rapa Nui Demise Was Gradually Driven By Environmental Shifts (1/13/2015)
(Easter Island) -- A new study has investigated what happened to the small tribe of people who lived on Easter Island. Known as the Rapa Nui, it has been largely...
article This Remote Tribe Could Be Wiped Out for the Most Trivial of Reasons (1/10/2015)
(India) -- One of the most isolated tribes on the planet could soon find itself at risk because of demand for a Chinese delicacy. The Sentinelese people live on an...
article He renounced Australia and lives solely by tribal law. Now Murrumu is hitting the road (1/10/2015)
(Australia) -- For the past week or so a black 2001 Ford Ka has been cruising Canberra’s streets. It’s a modest, unimposing car that would, except for its...

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