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Indigenous People

Chevron CEO To His Board: Our Ecuador Problem Just Won't Go Away

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.25.2016 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

[Of course, we don't have access to Chevron's internal communications. But if we did, this "memo" is what we imagine we might see. It's hard to peek i...

In Guatemala, Victims Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Verdict

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 05.19.2017 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.

Inclusive Cities Critical to the New Urban Agenda #HabitatIII

Hung Vo | Posted 05.15.2017 | Green
Hung Vo

Photo taken of speakers and participants of the Indigenous Forum session in Toluca. Co-authored by Doug Ragan, Chief of UN-HABITAT Youth and Livelih...

Daniel Pascual: Leader in the Guatemala Indigenous Rights Movement

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 05.14.2017 | Latino Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Daniel Pascual is a 42-year-old indigenous rights defender from Guatemala's K'iche' community. An activist from an early age, Daniel is the current coordinator of the Comite de Unidad Campesina (CUC), an ActionAid partner organization.

Sole Witness to Berta Cáceres Murder: 'It Was Clear She Was Going to Get Killed'

Josefina Salomon | Posted 05.07.2017 | World
Josefina Salomon

"I was working on a presentation when I heard a loud bang," said Gustavo, who is now in Mexico. "I thought something had fallen, but when Berta screamed, 'Who's there?', I knew it was bad, that it was the end."

In the Crosshairs of Development

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.03.2017 | Green
Peter Bosshard

When we learned that Berta Cáceres, a leader of the indigenous Lenca people, was murdered in Honduras, we were shocked but not surprised. A violent death is the all-too-frequent fate of indigenous activists who defend their rivers and lands against dams, logging and other forms of destructive development.

AFRO BRASIL: A Conversation About Shared Struggles

Stephen Grant | Posted 04.30.2017 | Black Voices
Stephen Grant

I moved to Brazil a little over a year ago, but it didn't take long for me to see that Afro-Brazilians face many of the same issues of racism and inju...

Why Are Navajo Elders Still Enduring Intimidation Tactics From Government Agencies?

Julia Orr | Posted 04.25.2017 | Green
Julia Orr

Ruth Benally, Dineh Elder, Big Mountain resident, matriach and activist. Published with permission from the Benally family. In a remote part of the ...

Photographer Captures The Breathtaking Beauty Of Mexico’s Indigenous Communities

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 04.07.2016 | Latino Voices

"Oaxaca was something that had to happen, it was something that I didn’t look for. It simply occurred." That's how photographer Diego Huerta descri...

Why the Fight for Land Rights Matters to Everyone

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 03.30.2017 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Around 2.5 billion people live, work, and depend on indigenous and community lands. They protect about half of the world's land, but have full ownership rights to just one-fifth of that. Why this massive gap?

Indigenous People Lead Effort to Keep 'Water Heart' Beating Strong in Northern Canada

Jennifer Lamson | Posted 03.29.2017 | Green
Jennifer Lamson

For generations, the Sahtúgot'ine Dene people in northern Canada have told a story about the "water heart," a power that connects all living things throughout their traditional territory. This heart beats deep within Great Bear Lake, a place as magnificent and untamed as its name suggests.

European Funders Suspend Support for Agua Zarca Dam

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.17.2017 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The construction site of the Agua Zarca Dam in Honduras (COPINH) On March 15, Nelson Garcia, an activist of COPINH, the Honduran organization Berta C...

Agua Zarca: A Stain on the Dutch and Finnish Human Rights Record

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.16.2017 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Six indigenous people were killed in the Dutch-funded Santa Rita Dam in Guatemala (CODECO) "Respect for human rights," the Finnish government says, i...

President Obama: A Letter of Recommendation for Diane Humetewa for the Supreme Court

Gyasi Ross | Posted 03.10.2017 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

we don't need any more of the current worldview, Republican or Democrat, to determine where our nation is going. We have a lot of that. We need some good ol' Indigenous wisdom, some Hopi wisdom, and most importantly, some Indigenous Hopi Woman Wisdom.

Who Killed Berta Cáceres?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.05.2017 | Green
Peter Bosshard

We don't know who fired the bullet that killed Berta Cáceres. But we need to call out the actors who share a moral responsibility for the murder of our friend and partner.

Indigenous Tribe Creates Computer Game To Preserve Culture, Fight Prejudice

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.03.2016 | Impact

A new computer game is helping to celebrate and preserve indigenous culture in Brazil. Guilherme Meneses, an anthropologist from the University of Sao...

DiCaprio and 'The Revenant:' Indigenous Wisdom and Human Survival

Philip P. Arnold | Posted 02.25.2017 | Religion
Philip P. Arnold

As we head into the Academy Awards this weekend, we should visit Leonardo DiCaprio's acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards on 10 January, which concluded with his honoring Indigenous Peoples.

Matchbox 20 Singer Under Fire For Racist Comments Made In Australia

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 02.22.2016 | Entertainment

Rob Thomas has apologized after making racist comments at a concert in Melbourne, Australia, last week. The Matchbox 20 singer was caught on camera t...

Land and Ocean Grabs Not the Solution to Climate Change

Salena Tramel | Posted 02.18.2017 | World
Salena Tramel

When Hiba Al-Jibeihi stepped off her flight in Paris in early December, it was her first time outside the occupied Palestinian territories where she had lived all of her 24 years.

Canadian Police May Have Greatly Underestimated How Many Indigenous Women Are Missing Or Dead

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.12.2016 | World

The number of indigenous women who have disappeared or been killed in Canada may be much larger than previously estimated, officials said this week. R...

Sins of the Father: Conservation and Human Rights Then and Now

David Wilkie | Posted 02.01.2017 | Green
David Wilkie

Across the globe, we partner with indigenous and local peoples to help them to achieve their vision for a more secure future in which wildlife remain a visible and culturally valued part of the wild places where they live.

Mexico Matters: Pope Francis's Most Important National Tour

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for a meeting with religious for the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life at Paul VI audience hall o...

14-year-old Girl Testifying Against Native American Mascots Says Crowd Shouted 'Get Off the Stage Squaw'

Tara Houska | Posted 01.13.2017 | Impact
Tara Houska

"Get off the stage, squaw!" Bella Cornell, a 14-year old girl from the Choctaw Nation, said she heard these words as she finished her testimony against the name and mascot of the McLoud High School Redskins during a mid-December school board meeting.

White America's Racist Uncle: 3 Reasons People of Color Should Be Thankful for Donald Trump

Gyasi Ross | Posted 01.05.2017 | Media
Gyasi Ross

Donald Trump gives life to some overtly racist positions that white folks would likely deny existed in the mainstream.

White People on Patrol

Violeta Ayala | Posted 01.03.2017 | Latino Voices
Violeta Ayala

Last year ended with a bitter reality; a black 12-year-old gets shot by the police and the white policeman doesn't even face charges. I live in a world where any of my brothers or cousins, because of the color of their skin and complexion, can be shot by the police.