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Indigenous Rights

The Relay Race for Human Rights

Michael Møller | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Michael Møller

Human rights defenders are gladiators, some are also marathon runners, working tirelessly on their long run to expose human rights violations to the international community. But this work is not just a battle or a long run.

The World Cup Exposes Brazil's Injustices

Bianca Jagger | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green
Bianca Jagger

President Dilma Rousseff has a choice. I urge her to seize this leadership opportunity, to halt PEC215 and the other unconscionable, unconstitutional amendments and changes to law which will threaten indigenous peoples' rights to their land across Brazil.

Almir Surui: Perseverance Under Pressure

Forest Trends | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

Almir Surui was ten years old when the first logging truck came to his tiny village deep in the Amazon Rainforest. It came to chop down a single stand...

This Earth Day, Let's Focus on Results Instead of Rhetoric

Forest Trends | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

He was not hard to spot. In the shadow of Oxford Castle, under the dome of the Bodleian Library, or from the tower of St. Mary's Church, the vivid fea...

For Native Peoples, Earth Day Is a Silly Concept

Mary Annette Pember | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Mary Annette Pember

"They treat Mother Earth like they treat women ... They think they can own us, buy us, sell us, trade us, rent us, poison us, rape us, destroy us, use us as entertainment and kill us."

Behind the Scenes: What Wirikuta Fest Fans Bought With Their Tickets

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

Nearly two years ago, more than a dozen of Mexico's biggest performing artists came together in a mega-event aimed at saving Wirikuta, one of the country's most sacred sites, from devastation at the hands of Canadian gold and silver mining operations.

Boho Chic Jewelry Bridges Amazonian and Urban Jungles

Zoe Helene | Posted 06.02.2014 | Style
Zoe Helene

Through ORG by vio, Villacorta shares tools that allow women in indigenous communities to maintain their traditions while creating income and livelihoods.

Don't Buy Chevron's Big Lie!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.27.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron can spend untold millions touting this verdict but do not buy it -- and don't let anyone else buy it either.

Send a Picture, Save the World: Why International Solidarity Matters

Atif Choudhury | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Atif Choudhury

International solidarity is most valuable not in the individual act of solidarity itself, but what those acts collectively allow others to do. International solidarity helps to bring the attention of the world on crises which otherwise would remain "local issues."

Wine Names as Windows Onto Ancient Cultures

Daniel Altman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Taste
Daniel Altman

Before Europeans made their way across the Atlantic, indigenous cultures flourished in what is now the wine country at the foothills of the Andes and...

Villagers Stall India's Largest FDI for 8 Years

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Madhusree Mukerjee

For eight years the inhabitants of several coastal villages in the state of Odisha, whose fields and vines enable a flourishing economy, have been resisting eviction to make way for POSCO's steel plant and an associated port.

Our Furniture's Dirty Secret: Illegal Land Grabs and Logging Are Robbing Papua New Guineans

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Nina Wegner

Sad but true: the mahogany desk in your study or the merbau flooring in your living room probably came from illegal timber logged on tropical lands.

The Truth Has No Place in Kaplan's Court

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 02.10.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron's sham trial wrapped up Monday, but thanks to Kaplan's inexplicable decision not to allow any testimony related to Chevron's contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon -- the actual issue here and disaster from which all this started -- there's a lot that will never be discussed in the courtroom.

Carolyn Buck Luce: For What Purpose?

Carolyn Buck Luce | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Carolyn Buck Luce

I believe that the legacy of the generation of Gen Y women (and men) will be to finally answer the question, "For what purpose do we need more women in leadership?"

PHOTOS: This Woman Led Her Tribe To Reoccupy Its Land

Posted 10.17.2013 | World

For Damiana Cavanha, the leader of a group of Guarani Indians who have successfully overtaken a sugar cane plantation that they claim is built on thei...

We Don't Negotiate Life: The Defense of Indigenous Lands and Waters in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field September 9, 2013 At stake throughout Honduras, as throughout the world, are indigenous lands, forests, water, mineral...

The San People of Botswana

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The San people who live in Metsimantle are part of an indigenous minority group. The Sans' story is one of indigenous peoples' around the globe -- that of struggle to keep their traditional way of life alive.

DEFENDING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND WATERS IN HONDURAS: THE CASE OF RIO BLANCO

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series. On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders...

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell An interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales. The following is from an interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales,...

"THEY FEAR US BECAUSE WE'RE FEARLESS": RECLAIMING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND STRENGTH IN HONDURAS

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field "Honduras has been known for two things only: being a military base for the [contra] attacks on the Nicaraguan revolut...

Pristine Tribe Saves Sacred Mountain From Mining

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

Over the past few weeks, all twelve indigenous villages participating in a referendum voted against mining on Niyamgiri, a mountain sacred to the tribe. The victory gives rare hope to India's 650-odd tribes, many of which face displacement by mining, dams, and other "development."

Without Our Land, We Cease To Be a People: Defending Indigenous Territory and Resources in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), which works with the 46 communities ...

LOOK: Tanks Move In To Save Earth's Most Threatened Tribe

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 07.18.2013 | World

They're known by some as Earth's Most Threatened Tribe, but now Brazil's indigenous Awá population is getting help from a powerful force -- the natio...

As Belo Monte Dam Project Speeds Up, Indigenous Tribe Feels Pain

Nina Wegner | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Nina Wegner

For over 20 years, the indigenous tribes of the Brazilian Amazon have protested the world's third-largest dam, the Belo Monte. Today, the Belo Monte is reaching peak construction.

Indigenous Demand Meeting with Brazilian President Over Dams

Nina Wegner | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Nina Wegner

Armed with bows, arrows, and heavy wooden clubs, roughly a dozen indigenous men of the Munduruku tribe take shifts guarding the entrance to the construction site of the world's third-largest dam, the Belo Monte.