Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bolivia's Law of Mother Earth

Reports state that Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth, which will grant nature the same rights and protections enjoyed by humans. This legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical … Continue reading

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Arsenic, water, and diabetes?

An article in Indian Country Today, Oct. 26, 2011, at 24, reports on new findings that support the theory that there is a link between arsenic and diabetes.  Two scientists on the US Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology … Continue reading

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Belize ignoring Indigenous land rights?

A non-profit group called the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) is demanding that the country of Belize in central America explain what an American oil company is doing on protected lands of Indigenous peoples. SATIIM reportes that it learned on October … Continue reading

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Masked gunmen kill Brazilian native leader

A murderous dispute over natives occupying their lands has broken out in Brazil. Survival International reports that masked gunmen executed an Indian religious leader in front of his community. Gunmen surrounded Nísio Gomes and ordered his community to lie on the ground. He … Continue reading

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Thousands march in Chile to question 500 years of colonialism

Check out this report Monday, Oct. 10 was a holiday in Chile – the day to commemorate the “discovery” of the New World or the encounter of the European World with the Americas. Historically known as the Aniversario del Descubrimiento de … Continue reading

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B.C. First Nations takes over Health Care from Federal Government

Indian Country Today reports that First Nations in British Columbia Canada have taken the next step toward health-care autonomy by signing a groundbreaking agreement to oversee their own health care services, rather than having the federal government do it. “We will be … Continue reading

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Native tribe in India secures unprecedented rights in tiger reserve

    Survival International is announcing a landmark victory in which a tribe in India has for the first time in that country, apparently, had their right to use ancestral lands recognized – even though it is inside a tiger reserve. According to the … Continue reading

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Indian children still suffering

Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 to address the deplorable conditions Indian children and families were suffering from under state child care programs.  Congress heard testimony on incredibly high levels of Indian children being adopted and placed … Continue reading

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Petition to White House to consider federal recognition for the Houma Tribe

The United Houma Nation is participating in President Obama's petition program. I am informed that if the tribe can collect 25,000 signatures in 30 days, then the petition will be passed through the proper legislative channels to be considered for enactment … Continue reading

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