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COVID-19

article Abandoned in the Amazon: how indigenous Brazilians fought covid-19 (9/25/2020)
(Brazil) -- After a tribal community in Manaus was abandoned by the authorities, the group’s resourcefulness and solidarity saw it through.
article 'We brought the disease': Will the pandemic shift Australia's historical imagination? (9/23/2020)
(Australia) -- The year began in haze. We felt relatively safe where we were on the New South Wales south coast, despite the blanket of smoke. The Currowan blaze had...
article From Turtle Island to Palestine the Apocalypse is Ongoing (9/9/2020)
(Worldwide) -- In The Future Home of the Living God (2017), Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe) writes of a dystopic future that might as easily be today. In Erdrich’s novel,...
article 'They're so vulnerable': Coronavirus hits tribes of isolated Andaman Islands (9/3/2020)
(India) -- An indigenous tribe on India’s Andaman Islands, whose population hovers just over 50 people, is now threatened by the coronavirus and experts fear...
article Brazil’s Indigenous communities suffer grave losses from coronavirus (8/25/2020)
(Brazil) -- Chief Aritana Yawalapiti led his people for five decades. During his life, he fiercely defended his people’s traditions and land. He was instrumental...
article Pandemic and Persecution: The Double Threat Facing Brazil’s Indigenous (8/24/2020)
(Brazil) -- The 26-year-old Paulo Paulino Guajajara was a “guardian of the forest.” His sole occupation was to protect the Brazilian Amazon and his tribes...
article Coronavirus gets dangerously close to isolated ‘Arrow People’ in Amazon (8/18/2020)
(Brazil) -- Amid rising alarm that the novel coronavirus has reached deep into the Amazon rainforest, threatening isolated tribes, Brazil’s Supreme Court this...
press release 'Indefinite' Northern Territory border closure to Australian Covid-19 hot spots (8/11/2020)
(Australia) -- The Northern Territory will keep its border closed to people from Victoria and other Covid-19 hotspots within Australia for at least 18 months, and is...
article Coronavirus pandemic leaves Amazon more vulnerable than ever (8/6/2020)
(Brazil) -- The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have already seen their homelands ravaged by illegal deforestation, industrial farming, mining, oil exploration and...
article Brazil indigenous leader Aritana dead from COVID-19 (8/5/2020)
(Brazil) -- Chief Aritana Yawalapiti, one of Brazil's most influential indigenous leaders who led the people of Upper Xingu in central Brazil and helped create an...
article The Amazon, Giver of Life, Unleashes the Pandemic (7/25/2020)
(South America) -- The virus swept through the region like past plagues that have traveled the river with colonizers and corporations. It spread with the dugout canoes...
article In a Siberian village, the lockdown is extreme. Trenches have sealed it off. (7/17/2020)
(Russia) -- In a shamanic ritual last month in the Siberian hamlet of Shuluta, fermented milk was sprinkled on a fire, a sheep was killed and boiled to make a rich broth...
article Governments Worldwide Are Failing Indigenous Peoples During the Pandemic (7/15/2020)
(Worldwide) -- Vanessa Dundon has spent 16 weeks supporting her fellow Navajo Nation members as they continue to grapple with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the United...
article Indigenous mothers in Brazil mourning their children's deaths seek closure (7/10/2020)
(Brazil) -- Two young mothers stand with a group of fellow Indigenous Brazilians in a park in Boa Vista in northern Brazil. One of them, speaking in her native Sanöma...
article Indigenous peoples of South America face 'genocide' as coronavirus pandemic exposes historic inequalities (6/30/2020)
(South America) -- Berlin Diques oversees the well-being of some of the most vulnerable peoples in the world. As a regional president of the Interethnic Association for...
article Coronavirus devastates indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon (6/20/2020)
(Brazil) -- The coronavirus is ravaging indigenous tribes living in the Amazon rainforest as it sweeps across Brazil. Brazil has the second-largest outbreak in the world...
article Kayapó Chief Dies From COVID-19 in Brazil, Led Protest Against Amazon Dam (6/17/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazil's indigenous people lost one of their pioneering leaders to COVID-19 on Wednesday with the death of Paulinho Payakan, a Kayapó chief who led...
article Young Anishinaabe woman quarantined in Amsterdam during COVID-19 pandemic — and enjoying it (6/15/2020)
(Netherlands) -- For Courtney Recollet, 2020 was a year full of promise, after moving to Amsterdam in mid-February to work for a year. Then the global pandemic hit and,...
18 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Aboriginal owners decry ‘corporate vandalism’ after sacred site destruction (9/25/2020)
(Australia) -- The traditional owners of an ancient Aboriginal site in Australia blown up by Rio Tinto accused the mining giant of a “shocking act of corporate...
article OP/ED: Resignation of mining CEO after destruction of Aboriginal caves represents a tectonic shift in social investing (9/22/2020)
(Australia) -- Ten years ago — maybe even a year ago — it would be unlikely that the CEO of a major mining corporation would have lost his job for destroying...
article Resignation of mining CEO after destruction of Aboriginal caves represents a tectonic shift in social investing (9/22/2020)
(Australia) -- Apologies and cuts to executive pay at Rio Tinto weren't enough. Companies must 'play a major social role in society,' says Paula Luff, owner...
article Rio Tinto expected to destroy 124 more Aboriginal sites (9/21/2020)
(Australia) -- Mining giant Rio Tinto is feared to be pressing ahead with plans to destroy 124 Aboriginal heritage sites at an iron-ore development in Australia –...
press release 'Nobody has done anything': Amazon indigenous group decries illegal mining (9/17/2020)
(Brazil) -- An Amazon indigenous group that earlier turned away a planned hydroelectric dam is now battling a surge of illegal gold mining in its territory during the...
article Rio Tinto CEO to leave over destruction of Indigenous sites in Australia (9/11/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will leave the Anglo-Australian mining giant by March over the destruction of Australian Indigenous...
article Rio board to consider further executive sanctions over Aboriginal cave blasts (9/8/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto is set to discuss further executive sanctions over the destruction of two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal shelters in Western Australia. The company...
article Traditional Owners Block Access to Australia's Most Controversial Coal Mine (8/25/2020)
(Australia) -- A throng of more than 20 protesters—including Traditional Owners of local Wangan and Jagalingou country—has blocked the main road to Australia...
article Brazil suspends raid on illegal miners in Amazon indigenous land (8/6/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazil's Defense Ministry on Thursday suspended operations by environmental agents against illegal miners on an indigenous reservation in the Amazon,...
article Rio Tinto says it “missed opportunities” to prevent demolition of sacred caves (8/5/2020)
(Australia) -- Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted that it missed a series of chances to better communicate with traditional landowners that might have...
article Bolivia Is Ransacking Lithium From Its Indigenous People (7/26/2020)
(Bolivia) -- In a tweet back in may by Kawsachun News, a video shows indigenous natives of Bolivia standing up for what’s been happening to them in this industry...
article Satellite imagery shows illegal gold mining in Brazil has increased, threatens the Yanomami tribe in the heart of the Amazons (6/29/2020)
(Brazil) -- Illegal gold mining activity has risen sharply over the last five years in Brazil’s indigenous Yanomami reservation in the heart of the Amazon...
article Mining company blasts through 46,000-year-old cultural site in Australia (6/26/2020)
(Australia) -- Multinational iron ore mining company Rio Tinto is under fire for blasting through a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cultural site in Western Australia last...
article Rio Tinto to release Aboriginal heritage review after site destruction (6/19/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto initially said it would only provide key findings of the review to the government; it has now committed to releasing the review in full. The...
14 Total Articles on this Issue

Google

article Google deletes Uluru virtual walk after Aboriginal complaints (9/23/2020)
(Australia) -- Google has pledged to stop users taking a virtual walk on the internet across the top of Uluru, a sacred Australian indigenous site, after complaints that...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBTQ

article Multiple jeopardy: COVID-19 and Indigenous LGBTIQ+ lives (9/21/2020)
(Australia) -- Many Indigenous communities have been disproportionately hit by the coronavirus pandemic but, in Australia, strong community leadership has been key in...
article Aboriginal MP makes history as the first openly gay Indigenous speaker of an Australian parliament (6/25/2020)
(Australia) -- Northern Territory MP Chansey Paech has become the first openly gay Indigenous speaker of an Australian parliament in a landmark move.
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Indigenous land rights could help save Brazilian Amazon (9/8/2020)
(Brazil) -- When Daiara Tukano was growing up, she learned from her family what it meant to care for the natural world and look after the rich ecology of Indigenous...
article Brazilian indigenous tribe lifts blockade of key grains export road (8/21/2020)
(Brazil) -- Members of the Kayapó indigenous tribe have lifted a blockade of a key grains export road on the fifth day of protest after the state government of Pará...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Law Enforcement Incidents

article Lidia Thorpe: Victoria's first Aboriginal senator urges end to deaths in custody and mass incarceration (9/8/2020)
(Australia) -- Australia’s failures towards First Nations people have become entrenched through decades of inaction, Victoria’s first Aboriginal senator has declared...
article Deaths in custody: family of Aboriginal man who died in jail urge end to 'monstrous loophole' (7/17/2020)
(Australia) -- The family of a young Aboriginal man who died in jail after two years on remand has called for independent investigations into Aboriginal deaths in...
article Australian cop caught punching Aboriginal man officers had pinned to ground (6/16/2020)
(Australia) -- This is the shocking moment an Australian police officer is filmed appearing to punch an Aboriginal man on the ground. Witnesses were heard yelling...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Cultural Appropriation

article 'Offensive': Tony Hawk's Pro Skater uses Māori tā moko for 'poly-face' tattoo option (9/7/2020)
(New Zealand) -- The newly relaunched Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 video game has prompted outrage with several facial tattoo options for players that mimic Māori tā moko...
press release One Of Australia’s Best Restaurants In Hot Water Over Foundation Fraud. Is There A Masterchef Curse? (7/6/2020)
(Australia) -- Early least year, an Australian chef by the name of George Calombaris’s company MAdE Establishment Group admitted to underpaying more than $7.83...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Why global food systems should resemble those of the Indigenous Peoples (8/13/2020)
(Worldwide) -- When the Government of India implemented a lockdown to protect citizens from the transmission of COVID-19, the regular supply of food to rural communities...
article Protecting Indigenous bush foods and medicines against biopiracy (8/5/2020)
(Australia) -- The use of Indigenous knowledge and resources—including bush foods and bush medicines—is increasingly on-trend. Cosmetics, pharmaceutical...
article The Food World Needs to Listen to the Real Cultural Experts, Not Just Use Their Ingredients (6/24/2020)
(USA) -- Over 20 years in the food world, I have watched talented chefs and leading restaurants across the country help build a New American cuisine—which often came to...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article Virtual Sydney Science Trail features Indigenous specialists in their fields (8/11/2020)
(Australia) -- The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Australian Museum have announced a free online science festival with programs featuring First Nations people who...
article Indigenous lawyer taking on Harvard Law School in 2021 (7/17/2020)
(Australia) -- With an ambition to influence legislative changes, young Wilman Noongar lawyer Chloe D’Souza is not letting a global pandemic get in the way of her...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Dairyland Casino

press release For Indigenous in the Amazon, a Dual Threat: Big Oil and the Virus (7/21/2020)
(Peru) -- The Indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon have long fought against the oil companies that seek to exploit their lands. But now these and other Amazon...
1 Article on this Issue

Black Lives Matter

press release OP/ED:The passing of the first peoples (6/22/2020)
(USA) -- It was in 1998 that we met Maasai elder Paramitoro Ole Kasiaro en route to the Serengeti, who recalled that much had changed since he was a child. The weather...
1 Article on this Issue

False Idols

article 'Celebrate Resistance Not Conquest': Liberation Movements in Indigenous America and Palestine (6/19/2020)
(Worldwide) -- “It looks like the West Bank,” said Samia Assed, local Palestinian-American social activist. Assed was referring to a recent event in...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Proposed reforms to Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill (9/28/2020)
(Australia) -- The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 proposes significant changes to the regulation of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia which will impact...
article Promoters who sent a letter to Elon Musk are wanted by Russia (9/28/2020)
(Russia) -- The promoters from the Aboriginal Forum who sent a letter to Elon Musk asking him not to buy Norilsk Nickel metals are wanted by Russia. Since 2017, Russia...
article Google banned “walking” on the sacred mountain in Australia using Street View (9/26/2020)
(Australia) -- The Australian Parks Authority has asked Google to remove images of the top of the indigenous sacred site of Uluru, which allows users to visit the summit...
article How anti-Indigeneity proliferates around the West and the world (9/25/2020)
(Worldwide) -- “By adopting the Declaration, we are also taking another major step forward towards the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental...
article How Aztecs Reacted to Colonial Epidemics (9/23/2020)
(Mexico) -- Devastating epidemics have been part of American history at least since the arrival of the first Europeans. Then as now, Native Americans and people of...
article 'The Aboriginal flag is slowly dying': stoush over use is harming communities, inquiry told (9/23/2020)
(Australia) -- Aboriginal health organisations have told a senate inquiry that not being able to use the Aboriginal flag symbol in their health materials has affected...
article To Protest Colonialism, He Takes Artifacts From Museums (9/21/2020)
(France) -- Early one afternoon in June, the Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza walked into the Quai Branly Museum, the riverfront institution that houses treasures...
article Female-led Indigenous tech company connects youth with Elders in new app (9/21/2020)
(Australia) -- Strengthening community connections, the Visual Dreaming app is working to link young people and Elders to support individuals’ wellbeing. Charles...
article Brazil's Indigenous Tribe Marks Six Months Without COVID-19, Celebrates The Milestone (9/13/2020)
(Brazil) -- In a one of a kind achievement, Brazil's Tembé tribe has gone six months without a single COVID-19 case. Since March, the tribe people have locked the...
article Amazon Tribes Expert Rieli Franciscato Killed by Indigenous Tribe in Brazil (9/11/2020)
(Brazil) -- Rieli Franciscato, an expert on Amazon tribes, was shot dead with an arrow while approaching an indigenous tribe in a remote area of Brazil. The 56-year-old...
article Expert On Tribes Shot And Killed By Arrow In Brazil (9/11/2020)
(Brazil) -- An expert on Amazon tribes was shot and killed by an arrow after approaching an indigenous tribe in Brazil.
article Samuel L. Jackson - Finding His Ancestral Tribe in Gabon (9/11/2020)
(Africa) -- Samuel L. Jackson discusses reconnecting with his ancestral tribe in Gabon through his docuseries “Enslaved” and what he’s learned from...
article Rio Tinto bosses resign over destruction of ancient Aborginal site (9/10/2020)
(Australia) -- Rio Tinto announced the resignation of its CEO and two top lieutenants Friday over the mining giant's destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site...
article Defender Of Amazon Tribes Killed In Brazil (9/10/2020)
(Brazil) -- Environmentalists in Brazil are mourning the death of a leading expert on uncontacted tribes in the Amazon, who was killed by an arrow that struck him in the...
article Whatever Happened To ... The Heavy Metal Mongolian Band Called The Hu? (9/7/2020)
(Mongolia) -- In January 2019, NPR reported on a Mongolian heavy metal band whose epic music videos were racking up millions of views on YouTube. Eight months later The...
article New Zealand government to honor Maori New Year if reelected (9/6/2020)
(New Zealand) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that her government will create a new public holiday to celebrate the Maori New Year if it is...
article Amazon tribes are using drones to track deforestation in the Brazilian rainforest (9/3/2020)
(Brazil) -- Awapy Uru Eu Wau Wau grew up deep inside the Amazon rainforest. The 28-year-old belongs to a 250-strong tribe called the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau. The community --...
article California and Australia look to Indigenous land management for fire help (9/1/2020)
(Australia) -- After years of advocacy work, cultural burning practitioners had a win in Australia last week, when the government of New South Wales, the state hit...
article Brazil Indigenous chief Raoni tests positive for coronavirus (8/31/2020)
(Brazil) -- Chief Raoni Metuktire, an Indigenous leader who became a symbol of the fight for the preservation of the Amazon forest in Brazil, was hospitalized with...
article Brazil's Indigenous communities suffer grave losses from coronavirus (8/30/2020)
(Brazil) -- Chief Aritana Yawalapiti led his people for five decades. During his life, he fiercely defended his people's traditions and land. He was instrumental in...

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