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Indigenous Rights

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.

Deadly Sins in the Brazilian Amazon

Bianca Jagger | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Bianca Jagger

The trampling of indigenous rights, military force used against protesters, impunity, megadams and environmental destruction. Is Brazil returning to the bad old days?

'Funeral for Our Future' Results in More Arrests as Keystone XL Protests Escalate

Adam Greenberg | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Adam Greenberg

This past Monday, a funeral procession over 100 strong trudged solemnly towards TransCanada's offices in Westborough, MA. Dressed in black and carrying paper flowers, the mourners sang a chilling dirge.

Food Sovereignty: Think Globally, Eat Locally

Beverly Bell | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

The first group of protestors at Occupy Wall Street publically delivered 23 complaints, outlining the ways in which corporations control our daily lives. Number four asserted, "They have poisoned the food supply through negligence and undermined the farming system through monopolization."

Expanding the Realm of the Possible in 2012

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

So vast and fiery are the problems that it may seem impossible to imagine that solutions exist or that change may be imminent. And yet, 2012 brought advances and victories that shifted the debate, transformed power, and won real gains in quality of life.

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.

Canada meets Wirikuta: Visit from Council of Canadians' Maude Barlow

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Tracy L. Barnett

From the moment Maude Barlow passed under the crumbling stone arch and saw the first nopalera laden with red cactus fruits, she knew she was entering another dimension.

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.

Fight for Lakota's Sacred Pe' Sla Brings Miracles

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.23.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

An amazing idea took hold in the last few weeks. People from around the world decided that they could do something to right a terrible wrong that has existed for hundreds of years here in the United States.

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.

Report Examines Land And Forest Activist Killings

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.21.2012 | Green

A new report from international NGO Global Witness suggests that, in the past decade, 711 individuals have been killed while defending land and forest...

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.

Maasai Have Always Cared For Wildlife

Farah Mawani | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
Farah Mawani

Despite their centuries of experience doing so, the voices of pastoralists are often excluded from decision-making affecting their lives.

Clean Water in the Amazon!

Mitch Anderson | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Mitch Anderson

Chevron is guilty of massive environmental crimes in the Amazon, but has chosen to spend millions on lobbyists, lawyers and PR firms instead of paying for a clean up of its mess.

Conflicts Continue Over Resources in Panama -- Two More Indigenous People Killed

Veronique Pittman | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Veronique Pittman

Over the past three months there has been increased tension in the Wounaan communities of Eastern Panama due to illegal loggers invading their lands.

Birthing Justice: Without Firing an Arm, We Created a Revolution

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Today, land access remains largely unfair and inequitable. Never has such a high percentage of the world's population been displaced from their indigenous or ancestral lands, left without land, a secure home, or the ability to feed themselves.

BIRTHING JUSTICE: Women in Peace-Building -- Peace Amidst War for Resource Control

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.03.2012 | World
Beverly Bell

There is a need to integrate gender into all levels of power to enable women to participate and become full beneficiaries of the oil revenue. That's why we're advocating for women to be part of government and part of whatever bodies are set up to address the issues of the Niger Delta.

Stars Come Out for Wirikuta

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

Some 800 Wixarika people -- 18 busloads -- are gathering in the desert below are expected to descend on this tiny town within an hour and will begin the trek up the sacred mountain of Cerro Quemado, the place where they believe the sun was born.

Message From the Gods: Unite to Defend the Birthplace of the Sun

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

They came by the hundreds from the Western Sierra Madre, native Wixarika or Huichol people on a spiritual quest, seeking to consult with the spirits of their ancestors. This year, however, would be vastly different from years past.

Indigenous, Queer, and Organizing

Coya White Hat-Artichoker | Posted 04.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Coya White Hat-Artichoker

I have the honor of working with the First Nations Two Spirit Collective.  We are a group of activists who identify as indigenous and are doing work in the queer community to create space for First Nations people.

Real de Catorce Awaits Historic Huichol Pilgrimage

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 04.07.2012 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

A quiet but excited buzz hums through the streets of this normally sleepy ghost town turned tourist attraction.