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COVID-19

article Racism multiplies COVID-19 risk for Indigenous communities (4/6/2020)
(Australia) -- Being Indigenous in one of the richest countries in the world is a risk factor for COVID-19, quite apart from the other factors dispossessed people...
article The world’s indigenous peoples, with tragic history of disease, implore outsiders to keep coronavirus away (3/31/2020)
(Worldwide) -- From the Canadian Arctic to the Brazilian Amazon to the Australian coast, indigenous groups are racing to protect themselves from a familiar foe that has...
article Amazon Indians’ Doctor with Coronavirus Brings Fear of an Extermination (3/29/2020)
(Brazil) -- A doctor working with the largest tribe in the Amazon has tested positive for the coronavirus, Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Friday, ringing alarm...
article COVID-19 crisis tells world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years (3/26/2020)
(New York) -- COVID-19 and other health endemics are directly connected to climate change and deforestation, according to Indigenous leaders from around the world who...
article After Smallpox and Malaria, Brazil's Tribes Fear Coronavirus Is Next Lethal Import (3/26/2020)
(Brazil) -- When Europeans first arrived in the Amazon rainforest, their smallpox decimated local tribes. Then rubber tappers, gold miners and settlers brought malaria,...
article How perilous is COVID-19 on Aboriginal arts communities? (3/26/2020)
(Australia) -- In an urgent plea, The Aboriginal Art Association of Australia (AAAA) has presented a letter to the Federal Government calling for greater clarity around...
article Coronavirus will devastate Aboriginal communities if we don’t act now (3/22/2020)
(Australia) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we need to ensure the most vulnerable people in our communities aren’t left behind. This includes Aboriginal and...
article More iwi consider closing tribal borders amid Covid-19 outbreak (3/22/2020)
(New Zealand) -- More iwi are planning to close their tribal borders in the fight against Covid-19, despite warnings from police doing so is illegal. In an extraordinary...
article Evangelical Group to Contact Indigenous Peoples in Amazon Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (3/20/2020)
(Brazil) -- ETHNOS360, AN EVANGELICAL Christian missionary group, is embarking on a controversial new project, just as the coronavirus begins spreading widely in Brazil.
article Australia Locks Down Isolated Indigenous Areas Over Coronavirus Fears (3/20/2020)
(Australia) -- Amid coronavirus outbreak, Australia has lockdown isolated indigenous areas on March 20 in a bid to protect Aboriginal communities, who are already...
article Some Australian Aboriginal Communities Ban Visitors Over Coronavirus (3/7/2020)
(Australia) -- Some remote Aboriginal settlements in Australia are banning outsiders in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Visitors who’ve been in China,...
article Māori tribe restricts hongi greeting over coronavirus (3/4/2020)
(New Zealand) -- A Māori tribe in New Zealand’s capital city has banned the traditional hongi at gatherings this week as more cases of coronavirus emerge. On...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Mental Health

article WA Government inquest response labelled too little, too late (3/26/2020)
(Australia) -- A $266.7 million package to support Indigenous youth in response to the Coroner’s Inquest and Message Stick reports into Aboriginal youth suicide...
1 Article on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article Cultural appropriation: can designers ever responsibly “borrow” from other cultures? (3/13/2020)
(UK) -- Last month, a British brewery came under fire when a Hindu statesman branded the identity of one of its beers as “highly insensitive”. Rajan Zed, the...
article Why Germany can't quit its racist Native American problem (2/26/2020)
(Germany) -- Across the country, Germans spent the past week celebrating Carnival, known for its parades, drinking, and colorful costumes ahead of the Lenten fast. There...
article White Women: Maasai Culture Is Not Here For Your Colonialist Exploitation (12/17/2019)
(USA) -- If it walks like an appropriator and talks like a saviour it is probably a White ‘Feminist’ exploiting Indigenous women for profit. As an artist,...
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...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

GasLink

article Liberals postponing planned tabling of UNDRIP bill because of blockade crisis, says Mohawk chief (2/19/2020)
(Ottawa) -- The Liberal government has decided to postpone tabling its promised bill on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a result of ongoing...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Ancient plant foods discovered in Arnhem Land (2/17/2020)
(Australia) -- Australia's first plant foods—eaten by early populations 65,000 years ago—have been discovered in Arnhem Land. Preserved as pieces of...
article How this food-growing technology empowers Indigenous communities (1/20/2020)
(Australia) -- Stepping inside one of Food Ladder's cool, leafy growing systems is a stark contrast to the dry, inhospitable conditions outside. In the Northern...
article These 'lost crops' could have rivaled corn (12/30/2019)
(Worldwide) -- The “lost crops” of goosefoot and knotweed could have produced enough seed to feed as many indigenous people as maize did for thousands of...
article Fast Food Nations and Global Nutrition (12/24/2019)
(Worldwide) -- Daniel Maingi works with small farmers in Kenya and belongs to the organisation Growth Partners for Africa. He remembers a time when his family would grow...
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...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article Australia and Canada team up for indigenous businesses (2/14/2020)
(Worldwide) -- An indigenous economic development partnership has been forged at the recent Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum held in Melbourne. It will help to...
article International Inuit organization announces youth leadership award winners in honour of Hans-Pavia Rosing (1/22/2020)
(North Canada) -- The Inuit Circumpolar Council Council (ICC) announced the recipients of its inaugural youth leadership awards on Monday, recognizing what the...
article 150 km from anywhere, N.W.T. homesteader has front seat to climate change (12/27/2019)
(North Canada) -- For 20 years, John Koadloak has lived in near total isolation. He shares a shack with his wife, Mercie, and their dog, more than 150 kilometres from...
article 'Brink of destruction': AFN national chief demands action on fading Indigenous languages at UN (12/17/2019)
(New York) -- Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde told a UN gathering today that many Indigenous languages face extinction without further...
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...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Brazil's Bolsonaro unveils bill to allow commercial mining on indigenous land (2/6/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, unveiled a controversial bill on Wednesday that would allow commercial mining on protected indigenous...
article Government Bill Would Permit Extensive Economic Exploitation on Indigenous Lands (1/12/2020)
(Brazil) -- The federal government is finalizing a bill to be submitted to Congress that provides for the exploitation of indigenous lands, one of President Jair...
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...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Tiny Indigenous Land Highlights Brazil's Environmental Woes (2/4/2020)
(Brazil) -- Their bodies painted black, dozens of members the Brazil’s Guarani Mbya tribe lift their hands and sing a mourning song for hundreds of felled trees beside...
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...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article These Cannabis Farmers Carry Out an Ancient Tradition High in the Himalayas (1/26/2020)
(India) -- Approximately 8,900 feet above sea level, perched high in the Himalayas among jagged snow-capped peaks, is a small Indian village overlooking a valley. It has...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Columbus' Claims of Cannibal Raids May Have Been True After All (1/13/2020)
(Caribbean) -- Christopher Columbus got a lot of things wrong about the "New World." He thought that manatees were mermaids, that the Bahamas were a part of...
1 Article on this Issue

MMIW

article 'A Matter of Life and Death': COP 25 Protest Outside US Embassy Demands Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (12/10/2019)
(Spain) -- While representatives from governments across the globe gathered in Madrid Tuesday for the ongoing COP 25 climate summit, dozens of activists demonstrated...
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...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Malta Gaming

article Maltese police search yacht amid journalist slaying probe (11/22/2019)
(Malta) -- Maltese police on Friday searched the yacht of a prominent local businessman who is being questioned about the car-bomb slaying of an investigative journalist...
1 Article 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

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

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

Other News

article Sista Girl sign company gives back to community (4/6/2020)
(Australia) -- With a focus on empowering Aboriginal women in the workforce, Raquel Todd has launched her business, Sista Girl Sign and Print (Sista Girl). Todd is an...
article Ian Morris interview: “We must interact with the land and its people” (4/6/2020)
(Australia) -- We talk to Ian Morris, naturalist and expert guest lecturer for Coral Expeditions, about meeting the Aboriginal communities of Australasia
article Brazil state seeks federal troops over indigenous killings (4/5/2020)
(Brazil) -- The Brazilian state of Maranhao is asking the federal government to send National Guard troops to the Arariboia Indigenous Territory after a string of...
article Indigenous leader from threatened tribe killed in Brazil (4/1/2020)
(Brazil) -- A leader of a protected tribe in the Amazon has been found dead, authorities said, marking the fifth violent death in six months in a region rife with...
article Colombia reports first coronavirus cases among Indigenous people (4/1/2020)
(Colombia) -- The first two cases of the coronavirus were confirmed among Colombia's Indigenous people on Tuesday, local authorities said, fanning fears that the...
article Some indigenous South American villages blockaded over coronavirus fears, report says (3/30/2020)
(South America) -- Indigenous groups in South America have begun blockading their villages, barring all entries and exits, in an effort to protect tribal members from...
article 500 years after Ferdinand Magellan landed in Patagonia, there’s nothing to celebrate for its indigenous peoples (3/30/2020)
(South America) -- Five hundred years ago, on March 31 1520, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan began a sojourn in a part of South America that has been known as...
article How are Aboriginal communities preparing for coronavirus? (3/29/2020)
(Australia) -- Many communities are vulnerable to infectious disease, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 are at risk of serious illness...
article Brazil to Deliver security force to Native land Following two shot dead (3/28/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazil will send a crisis safety force to the native reserve of Cana Brava from the northeastern state of Maranhao to guard the Guajajara tribe following two...
article Doctor working with Amazon tribe tests positive for coronavirus (3/27/2020)
(Brazil) -- A doctor working with the largest tribe in the Amazon has tested positive for the coronavirus, Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Friday, ringing alarm bells...
article Access restricted to protect people living in the Kimberley and remote Aboriginal communities (3/26/2020)
(Australia) -- The Western Australian government has partnered with the Federal government to implement new restrictions for access to designated regions in the State to...
article 2020 North American Indigenous Games postponed in light of COVID-19 concerns (3/25/2020)
(North America) -- The 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) have been postponed until next year in light of concerns about COVID-19. The event was originally...
article OP/ED: Why does Indigenous-international solidarity feel so unreachable? (3/24/2020)
(British Columbia) -- To my international pals: have you ever wondered about your relationship to Indigenous land struggles? If this is about shutting down our state...
article South America's indigenous lock down as coronavirus takes hold (3/24/2020)
(Brazil) -- For decades, indigenous groups from Colombia to Brazil have been fighting the threat to their lives posed by oil exploration, deforestation and illegal...
article The isolated tribes at risk of illness from Amazon missionaries (3/23/2020)
(Brazil) -- A radical group of evangelical Christian missionaries set on converting every last tribe on Earth has raised fears that deadly diseases – and even the...
article South America's indigenous people lock down as coronavirus takes hold (3/23/2020)
(South America) -- For decades, indigenous groups from Colombia to Brazil have been fighting the threat to their lives posed by oil exploration, deforestation and...
article The fight to save the Amazon is a matter of life or death for those trying to protect it (3/22/2020)
(Brazil) -- A Four Corners investigation has found the Brazilian Amazon is being destroyed at rapidly increasing rates from a combination of illegal logging, beef and...
article WA mine sites to be stocked with Indigenous-owned water brand (3/19/2020)
(Australia) -- Through a powerful partnership Sodexo, a world leader in quality of life services, and Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation (AAC), have launched Yurrama Water...
article Monika Ponton-Arrington represents indigenous people at the United Nations (3/18/2020)
(New York) -- Five years ago, Monika Ponton-Arrington applied to be part of Project Access, a flagship program of the Tribal Link Foundation that supports indigenous...
article ACT prison officers' drawing of Aboriginal inmate 'racist and hurtful' (3/12/2020)
(Australia) -- A “deeply racist and hateful” picture drawn by prison officers has left an Aboriginal inmate traumatised and forced a public apology from the...

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