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Munduruku tribe denounces illegal mining in Brazil 27.11.2019 Survival International
Munduruku people protest in front of the Ministry of Justice in Brazil, 2018 © Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil Leaders and representatives of the Munduruku tribe have denounced goldminers operating illegally in their territory in the Brazilian Amazon, and vowed they will not stop fighting until their problems are solved. The area around the Tapajós river is home to many Munduruku communities. It is one of the most heavily invaded indigenous territories, having been targeted by goldminers for some years. The tribe is angry and concerned about the increasing social and environmental impacts of the invasion. Brandishing a bottle of cloudy water from the Tapajos, Alessandra Munduruku said this week in the capital Brasília: “This dirty water is bringing death and disease to our people and our fish are full of mercury.” Last month the Munduruku blocked one of the roads in the region to protest against the mining invasion and released several statements to the pariwat (non-indigenous people) warning: “You are ...
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How US colonialism affects Indigenous peoples’ stewardship and access to food 9.11.2019 Energy & Climate |
From ceremonies to harvesting and food storage, to political leadership, to gender relations, indigenous groups have detailed understandings of how design societal institutions to support resilience. But colonialism changed that.
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Uprooted: The 1950's plan to erase Indian Country 4.11.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In the 1950s, the United States government came up with a plan to solve what it called the "Indian problem." It would assimilate Native Americans by moving them to cities and eliminating reservations. The 20-year campaign failed to destroy Native cultures and tribal sovereignty, but its impact is still felt today.
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Washington tribe saves Snoqualmie Falls land, held sacred, from development 3.11.2019 LA Times: Nation

The Snoqualmie tribe is buying acreage around the majestic falls shown in the "Twin Peaks" TV series to prevent development on sacred land east of Seattle. The controversy has a lower profile than protests elsewhere, but the deal is a win for a Native American cause.

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Hydro company proposes to dam Little Colorado River east of Grand Canyon 9.10.2019 LA Times: Environment

A recently formed Phoenix-based company wants to construct dams for power generation on a tributary of the Colorado River beloved by rafters and canyon adventurers.

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Police Looking for Couple Who Scrawled Graffiti at Ancient Native American Gathering Place, Posted Photo on Instagram: 'They Seemed Pretty Proud of It' 4.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Images posted onto social media show alleged grafitti over Labor Day at Illinois' Starved Rock Park.
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Cherokee Nation names first delegate to Congress 3.9.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Cherokee Nation is appointing former Obama advisor Kimberly Teehee as the tribe's first-ever delegate to the U.S. House. The position is outlined in an 1835 treaty but has never been filled.
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The Rise of the Native American Electorate 27.8.2019 Mother Jones
At the Native American Presidential Forum last Monday morning, Sen. Elizabeth Warren made headlines by finally apologizing for claiming Cherokee heritage. “I know that I have made mistakes,” she said onstage before a crowd of indigenous leaders and voters. “I am sorry for harm I have caused.”  Though the apology received mixed reviews, with some […]
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Natives Are Split Over Rep. Deb Haaland’s Endorsement of Elizabeth Warren 2.8.2019 Mother Jones
On Tuesday, Rep. Deb Haaland, one of two Native American women in Congress, announced that she was endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren for President. Calling the candidate “a great friend to me and a great partner for Indian Country,” Haaland highlighted Sen. Warren’s advocacy for working families and attention to the issue of missing and murdered […]
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The History Behind the Supreme Court Showdown Over Tribal Land Is Bloody and Violent. For Rebecca Nagle, It’s Also Personal. 19.7.2019 Mother Jones
“The Supreme Court case no one is talking about” began with a murder. It could end with 43 percent of Oklahoma’s land being returned to tribal governments. In a way Carpenter v. Murphy encapsulates the larger history of Native dispossession—a story of bloody violence dissolving into lawsuits and hearings. The great accomplishment of This Land, […]
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Extinction Rebellion stages 'bitumen spill' outside prime minister's office 25.6.2019 - News for the rest of us
In response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's approval of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline on June 18, Extinction Rebellion Ottawa organized a "bitumen spill" the following afternoon outside his office in downtown Ottawa. Extinction Rebellion billed the action as "taking the Trans Mountain fight to the prime minister's doorstep." There are many reasons to oppose the 890,000-barrels-per-day tar sands pipeline. It violates Indigenous sovereignty and lacks the free, prior and informed consent of numerous First Nations. There are 133 First Nations on or near the route of the 1,150-kilometre pipeline. Almost 520 kilometres of that route would cross the Secwepemc Nation without their consent. Furthermore, only 43 First Nations have signed "mutual benefit agreements" (which should not be confused with their free, prior and informed consent for the pipeline). The pipeline would emit massive amounts of carbon pollution. It would produce an estimated 26 million tonnes of upstream and 60 million tonnes of ...
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Red Lake embraces food sovereignty; a tractor would be nice, too 18.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Red Lake Nation hopes to grow enough healthy, organic food to feed the entire tribe. It has plenty of land and abundant natural fertilizer. The only thing it doesn't have is enough equipment.
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Arms industry a significant force in the suppression of Indigenous peoples 8.4.2019 - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson The weapons industry plays a significant role in the ongoing oppression of Indigenous peoples. The weapons that are used by the military, para-military groups and police against Indigenous peoples are manufactured, bought, sold, provided as aid and generate profit. They are used to suppress territorial sovereignty and to contain struggles in defence of land and water. Historically, Popular Mechanics has noted, "The U.S. Army used the Gatling [manual machine gun that could fire 200 rounds per minute] extensively throughout the 1870s during its campaigns against Native American tribes in the West." In more recent times, a mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) armoured vehicle was deployed by police against Indigenous land and water defenders opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline on their territories in North Dakota. In this country, tanks, Grizzly infantry fighting vehicles, trucks and artillery pieces were deployed in and around Kanehsatà:ke and Kahnawake during the Oka Crisis in 1990. ...
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‘Sovereignty Day’ aims to raise awareness of native people 18.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The House of Representatives hosted a daylong educational event to raise awareness about the state’s 11 federally-recognized sovereign nations.
Shepard Smith Slams Warren For 'Cultural Appropriation' 7.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
On Wednesday, Warren apologized for on Capitol Hill for claiming to be "American Indian" on her Texas State Bar registration card from 1986.
Sen. Warren Apologizes For Calling Herself 'Indian' 6.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The U.S. Senator once again apologized after a state bar card from Texas was unveiled through an open records act.
Warren Accepts Cherokee View of DNA's Role in Tribe Citizenship 2.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren apologized to a Native American group that criticized her release of a genetic test last year that showed she likely had Native American ancestry, the tribal group said.
Art Hounds: Portraits of and by Native American youth 17.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Plus, Art Hounds recommend a poetry reading performed to music, and "Something Elegant, Like This."
Richard Oakes led Native Americans to occupy Alcatraz in 1969 — his tragic story is finally being told 10.1.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay is one of the most notable acts of political resistance in American Indian history. In Kent Blansett’s latest book, “A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement,” he captures the action as it happened: “Dressed...

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Native American tribes win big in the new farm bill 26.12.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A coordinated lobbying effort resulted in dozens of provisions increasing tribal authority over food and nutrition programs.
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