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Indigenous People

What If The New Pope Decided To Become A 'Catholic'?

Gerry Gavin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Gerry Gavin

Maybe the new pope will realize that to be universal, the church needs to embrace differences and expand love rather than embracing limiting and separatist beliefs.

Exploring Indigenous Legacies

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Proponents advocated the replacement of the Native pair with an African couple, owing to the island's overwhelming African-descended population, but they underestimated Jamaicans' own identification with the island's First Nation.

Indigenous Squatters Resists Eviction In Brazil

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 01.14.2013 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Police in riot gear surrounded a settlement of indigenous people next to Rio de Janeiro's storied Maracana stadium on Saturday, prep...

Idle No More -- Think Occupy, But With Deep Deep Roots

Bill McKibben | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Bill McKibben

Thanks to the same fossil fuel industry that's ripping apart Aboriginal lands, we're at the very end of our rope as a species; it's time, finally, to listen to the people we've spent the last five centuries shunting to one side.

Ecuadorian Indigenous Elders Make Plea to Developed World on 11th Oil Round

Nina Wegner | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Nina Wegner

In the southern Amazon basin of Ecuador, the air is filled with the sound of macaws and the distant sound of thunder. But as soon as next year, the metallic hammering of oil drills may join the chorus. Local indigenous leaders are dead-set on not letting that happen.

Not All Mexicans In The U.S. Speak Spanish

NBC Latino | Kristina Puga | Posted 11.30.2012 | Latino Voices

No, Latinos don’t speak “Mexican,” and Mexicans don’t all speak Spanish. The City University of New York’s Institute of Mexican Studies i...

Climate Change, Carbon Offsetting, and the Destruction of Local Communities

Tobias Roberts | Posted 01.17.2013 | Green
Tobias Roberts

The CDM is thus not a viable way to combat global warming because it cannot intimately know the complex reality of the communities where the projects it funds are being implemented.

Hollywood and Hip Hop Unite to Help Save Lakota Sacred Site

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Language, tradition, geography, ethnicity and religion offer the illusion of separation, but experiencing the sacred brings us to the source and commonality of our creation stories. We all live under a dome of stars and hope to find our way home to our individual Creators.

Minnesota Wolf Hunt Desecrates Ojibwe Creation Symbol

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.14.2013 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Despite lawsuits and public opposition, wolf hunting began in Minnesota on November 3. The dry scientific and legal facts offer fodder for heated discussion, but there is an important story of spiritual and moral imperative that has escaped media attention.

6 Signs of Progress at UN Biodiversity Conference

Russell Mittermeier | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Russell Mittermeier

At recent U.N. conferences, side events carried out by civil society organizations have come to be at least as important as the governmen- level activities themselves, particularly with regard to raising awareness and political or private sector will for innovative solutions.

Dawn Of The Sixth Sun: The Mayan Pope And Elders Visit The Big Apple

Court Stroud | Posted 12.26.2012 | Religion
Court Stroud

At the mention of the date Dec. 21, 2012, many people picture catastrophe -- floods, earthquakes and war. However, the man often referred to as the Mayan Pope suggests a better image to illustrate the end of the Mesoamerican calendar: a serpent swallowing its tail.

100 Years In The Amazon Basin

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The centenary event that recalls the history of oppression, destruction and abuse that was visited on the indigenous of the region must be a chill reminder for all corporations who decide to explore the oil and gas reserves that lie beneath the surface of these lands.

Relocating Culture To Find A Solution To The Tragedy Of The Commons

Tobias Roberts | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

Our challenge is to let go of a relative new story that has defined us as unconnected individuals acting for purely self-interest, and learn from the story that still thrives amongst people like the Mayan Ixil; a story that insists that we can act "in accord with the world."

World Bank Support for "Development" by Force

Jessica Evans | Posted 12.11.2012 | World
Jessica Evans

Abuses inEthiopia, including arbitrary arrests, beatings and killings, have been occurring not in an armed conflict or political uprising, but as part of a government program billed as improving life for indigenous people and other ethnic minorities in designated rural areas.

Take Action for Indigenous Peoples in the Wake of Columbus Day

Nina Wegner | Posted 12.10.2012 | Impact
Nina Wegner

Right now is the perfect time to think about those throughout history and across the world who, because of their regional, cultural, or ethnic ties, have been colonized, marginalized, displaced, or oppressed.

You Can't Fool the People!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 12.03.2012 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

After having the largest environmental judgment in history -- $19 billion -- handed down against them and held up under appeal, Chevron is fooling fewer and fewer people hardly any of the time these days.

Denver Premiere of Mayan Renaissance showcase's Film Society's Women + Film series

Joshua Berman | Posted 10.15.2012 | Denver
Joshua Berman

On Tuesday, August 21, the Denver Film Society will feature Mayan Renaissance a 68-minute, feature length documentary shot in Guatemala, "which documents the glory of the ancient Maya civilization.

Film Review of We Women Warriors: Tejiendo Sabiduria

Vanessa Perez | Posted 10.09.2012 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Perez

In Nicole Karsin's debut documentary weaving provides a metaphor for the unity between indigenous people in Colombia whose communities and lands are threatened by violence and armed conflict.

Occupy Warzones

Michael Busch | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Michael Busch

In an astonishing act of civil disobedience, local residents of Toribio, a small town in southwest Colombia, demanded that government forces fighting the rebel FARC go home -- and destroyed their fortifications to underscore the point.

What Is Indonesia Trying to Hide in West Papua?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.10.2012 | World
American Anthropological Association

Indonesian officials routinely stymie human rights research in West Papua. Rather than wait in vain for help from the outside, help which might never arrive, many Papuans are doing the work of human rights themselves.

What Have Economists Learned About Indigenous Peoples?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Does attachment to cultural values and traditions that never change help you or hurt you in a market economy that is always changing?

The Belo Monte Dam: An Environmental Crime

Bianca Jagger | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Bianca Jagger

Three thousand kilometres north of the Rio +20 summit, and unbeknownst to most of its participants, the Brazilian government is carrying out an objectionable project: a series of dams in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

Winnetou: The German Apache

Jay Tavare | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home
Jay Tavare

Over the years, the Winnetou films have been shown numerous times on European television. This could explain some of the fascination the Germans have with American Indians, particularly with the Apache.

Indigenous Lands to Finally Receive Titles in Panama

Veronique Pittman | Posted 08.14.2012 | World
Veronique Pittman

June 4, 2012 will go down in history for the Wounaan communities of Puerto Lara and Caña Blanca, in the Darién of Panama.

Your Land for My Wallet: Inconsistencies & Contradictions in Peruvian Land Legislation

Samantha Ryan | Posted 08.06.2012 | College
Samantha Ryan

Currently, indigenous groups in the Amazon are increasingly being encroached upon and removed from their land, and are facing submission to systems of forced labor and exploitation.