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Wednesday, 24 February

02:03

Washington May Invest in Native Projects to Save Local Waters Indian Country Headline News

The Washington state Department of Ecology has proposed investing state and federal dollars in 103 projects designed to...

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Tuesday, 23 February

08:23

ICWA: Victory for Tribes as Judge Reaffirms South Dakota Decision Indian Country Headline News

Citing a “fundamental lack of competence,” a federal judge on Friday, February 19 denied South Dakota’s motion to reconsider an earlier decision, which found the state violate...

07:19

2016 Suppressed News: Europe: Turkey Aboriginal News Group Newswire

2016 Suppressed News - Europe: Turkey is closing its borders to tens of thousands of refugees from Aleppo where the NATO country sponsored rebel groups against Syrian President Assad are under severe pressure by the Syrian army and Russia's air power. An estimated 300,000 civilians remain trapped in the war zone. This is one of many sources of refugees seeking asylum in Europe. According to UNICEF about 36% of the refugees leaving Turkey, crossing the sea to Greece, are children. Women and children now make up 60% of the refugee influx which was 73% male last summer. Since September over 330 children drowned in the crossing. According to the International Organisation for Migration, over 36,000 refugees reached Greece and Italy by sea in the first three weeks of 2016.

Partial sources online: "UN says one-third of refugees sailing to Europe are children," Agence France-Presse, Feb. 3, 2016, theguardian; "Dozens drown off Greek islands in deadliest January for refugees," Mark Tran et al, Jan. 22, 2016, theguardian; "Migrant Arrivals in Europe by Sea Reached 36,556 in First 21 Days of 2016: IOM," Jan. 22, 2016, International Organisation for Migration; "Syria: Hundreds dead and tens of thousands displaced as Aleppo siege continues," Harriet Sinclair, Feb. 10, 2016, International Business Times.

06:46

Akwesasne under surveillance by military counter-intelligence unit: documents - APTN National Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Akwesasne under surveillance by military counter-intelligence unit: documents - APTN National News: Jorge Barrera
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The Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit has been conducting surveillance of a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S, according to “confidential” reports released to APTN National News.

The documents, a handful of counter-intelligence reports from 2012 to 2015, reveal that the Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit regularly mentioned Akwesasne—a Mohawk community straddling the Ontario-Quebec-New York State borders—as part of its “threat information collection.”

The heavily redacted reports, which are comprised of “raw data,” incorrectly describe Akwesasne as a “First Nation located on Cornwall Island.”

06:41

Bolivia: violence precedes vote on term limits | World War 4 Report Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Bolivia: violence precedes vote on term limits | World War 4 Report - In the Feb. 17 incident, six municipal government workers died of asphyxiation after city officials allegedly refused to let them leave the building despite an angry demonstration outside. The demonstration culminated with protesters setting the municipal office on fire. The national government accused El Alto's opposition mayor, Soledad Chapetón, of a "self-assassination" (autoatentado) of her employees; Chapetón retaliated by accusing the government of holding back the National Police to give the protesters a free hand as they torched the building. She invoked the lost lives in urging her followers to vote no in the referendum, saying the "best homage we can make to our fallen comrades it to be able to contribute to democracy" in Bolivia. Six people have been arrested and charged by Bolivia's judicial body, the Fiscalía, over the deadly incident.

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Monday, 22 February

21:34

Oils spills in Peruvian Amazon devastate indigenous communities News from Survival International

Dozens of Peruvian tribes have seen their territories opened up to oil companies
Dozens of Peruvian tribes have seen their territories opened up to oil companies
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Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have suffered from three oil spills in two months.

The spills are all attributed to State oil company PetroPerú, which has failed to conduct routine maintenance on its pipelines. One spill released at least 2,000 barrels of oil, which spread into the local rivers, affecting indigenous communities that include the Achuar, Shapra, Wampis and Awajún.

The spills have destroyed the ecosystem, compromising the health, food and safety of local communities. Locals have lost their livelihoods and are no longer able to drink water from the rivers or fish for food.

Whilst the cleanup is the responsibility of PetroPerú, both the company and the government have been slow to react. Communities have resorted to trying to clean up the toxic oil themselves. Shocking images reveal that children, without protection, have been involved in this dangerous process.

This environmental disaster is just the latest in a long history of oil and gas leaks in the area. More than 70% of the Peruvian Amazon has been leased by the government to oil companies. Many of these leases are inhabited by indigenous people. These projects not only open up previously remote areas to outsiders, such as loggers and colonists...

Thursday, 18 February

22:26

Revealed: Brazil's most corrupt politician targets uncontacted tribe News from Survival International

José Riva, a former state deputy, has been labelled the most corrupt politician in Brazil.
José Riva, a former state deputy, has been labelled the most corrupt politician in Brazil.
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Survival International can reveal that a rancher targeting the land of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon is a former state deputy labelled “the most corrupt politician in Brazil.”

José Riva, who has formerly been a deputy in Mato Grosso state, is in prison and currently being investigated for over 100 instances of alleged fraud, corruption, formation of criminal gangs, and other crimes.

Mr. Riva owns a ranch on the land of the uncontacted Kawahiva tribe, one of the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. He has repeatedly claimed that the tribe does not exist, despite video and photographic evidence proving they do, and has lobbied for the right to open up swathes of tribal land for cattle ranching and plantations.

He is a prominent advocate of PEC 215, a proposal to change Brazil’s constitution which, if implemented, could strip Brazilian tribes of their hard-won land rights.

Speaking about the Kawahiva territory, Mr. Riva said simply: “There are...

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