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Wednesday, 02 March

03:10

Native Mindfulness: Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Indian Country Headline News

Donna LaChapelle, elder in residence for the Nokomis Endaad program at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, (M...

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Tuesday, 01 March

21:39

India: Tribe set to resume David & Goliath battle with mining corporation News from Survival International

The Dongria unanimously rejected the mining project and have vowed to protect the Niyamgiri hills
The Dongria unanimously rejected the mining project and have vowed to protect the Niyamgiri hills
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A tribe in eastern India are facing a new threat from mining on their ancestral land, despite having won a major “David & Goliath” legal battle in 2014.

The Dongria Kondh were originally threatened by international mining corporation Vedanta Resources, who tried to open a bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri hills, but were prevented by the Indian Supreme Court, which ruled that the Dongria should decide whether to allow the mine to go ahead.

The tribe unanimously rejected Vedanta’s plans to mine their hills during a historic referendum in which all twelve villages that were consulted voted against the mine.

Now, however, the Odisha state is trying to re-open the issue, petitioning for the right to hold another referendum for the Dongria to pave the way for a large-scale mining operation, this time by state-run Odisha Mining Corporation.

British-owned Vedanta opened a bauxite refinery close to the Dongria’s h...

13:16

'Ours Is the Land' Highlights Tohono O’odham Fight Against Proposed Mine Indian Country Headline News

On February 19, the Tohono O’odham Student Association at the University of Arizona hosted a screening of the documentary “Ours Is The Land,” focusing on a proposed open-pit cop...

07:50

Tribes and Researchers Study Climate Using Science and Traditional Knowledge Indian Country Headline News

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was at its lowest in 500 years during 2015, and that is bad news for tribes farther south of the mountain range that straddles California and N...

05:27

Trump, the KKK and a Violent Clash in Anaheim Indian Country Headline News

Donald Trump looked to clarify a muddy weekend on Monday that centered around support being shown to the leading candid...

04:50

Chhattisgarh: Report to UN special rapporteur on recent escalation of counter-insurgency violence � Signalfire Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Chhattisgarh: Report to UN special rapporteur on recent escalation of counter-insurgency violence � Signalfire: Sub: ​ Communication Regarding: Escalation of counter-insurgency violence on indigenous people in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India and on human rights activists, lawyers and journalists who are working for the rights of the indigenous people in the abovementioned region.

Dear Madam,

This is to bring to your notice that indigenous activists and politicians, along with human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists are being attacked violently by various groups in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, with the tacit and active encouragement of the state of these attacks. In addition, Chhattisgarh has seen a horrific state of affairs which equals to that of many militarised zones of the world due to the alleged base of guerrilla insurgents called the Naxalites – who are Maoists by political outlook and enterprise – in the state especially in a district named Bastar.

It is important to mention that Chhattisgarh is populated by more than a third by indigenous people, the adivasis, more than any other state in India. Despite this, it is greatly unaccountable to its own citizens. Even basic legal rights enshrined in the Constitution, such as the right of reservation (quotas) for public office are ​ routinely neglected​ alone specific regulations such as the Forest Rights Act and Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas Act, which have been instituted to grant Adivasis their rights over land and resources.In the ostensible pursuit of counter-terrorism against the Naxalites, the state’s authorities have forcibly expelled many Adivasis from their villages, denying both their right to land and self-determination.

04:45

UN rights chief attacks 'rising roar of xenophobia' | World | Worldbulletin News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

UN rights chief attacks 'rising roar of xenophobia' | World | Worldbulletin News: "Conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have unleased a toxic brew of malevolent forces, including the commission of sickening atrocities, and the emergence of human trafficking gangs," Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

"These are the circumstances that refugees are increasingly fleeing. The trauma they have suffered is appalling, (and) they deserve the international community's sympathy and compassion," he told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session.

Instead, they were being met by "a rising roar of xenophobia," he said.

"To keep building higher walls against the flight of these desperate people is an act of cruelty and a delusion," he said.

04:43

Former Nazi Auschwitz SS medic Hubert Zafke too ill to stand trial on accessory to murder charges - CBS News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Former Nazi Auschwitz SS medic Hubert Zafke too ill to stand trial on accessory to murder charges - CBS News: Prosecutors allege that Zafke's unit was involved in putting gas into gas chambers to kill Jews and others, screening blood and other samples from hospitalized women prisoners, and otherwise helping the camp run by treating SS guard personnel.

They say the unit was also involved in auxiliary guard duties.

Zafke's attorney insists his client was just a medic who did nothing criminal at Auschwitz.

The trial is one of several in recent years to arise from a shift in German legal thinking. Prosecutors have successfully argued that since Nazi death camps' entire purpose was to murder Jews and others, helping the camp run in any manner makes one an accessory to those murders.

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Thursday, 25 February

02:49

'First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon' – Survival responds to new documentary News from Survival International

Still from footage of a recently contacted Sapanawa man, featured in the documentary
Still from footage of a recently contacted Sapanawa man, featured in the documentary
© Channel Four/ Ronachan Films

A documentary broadcast in the UK yesterday, entitled “First contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon”, examined the situation of a group of formerly uncontacted Brazilian Indians known as the Sapanawa, who made contact in 2014.

As one of the group explained, they were fleeing from a series of massacres in which many members of their families had been killed. The perpetrators remain unidentified.

Illegal loggers and drug smugglers have operated with impunity in the region for decades, especially on the Peruvian side of the border. The authorities have consistently failed to protect the many indigenous peoples who live in this area from these invaders, and this is the principal reason why some of these once-uncontacted Indians are now coming into contact with outsiders.

Stephen Corry, Survival International’s Director, said today: "We’re glad that this programme has highlighted the violence and atrocities that are still being committed against uncontacted tribes, but much of the programme was pretty dismaying.

“To describe uncontacted tri...

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
© Johan Wildhagen/Survival

Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have suffered from two 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,...

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