Underreported indigenous issues

A blog reports on "underreported struggles."  http://intercontinentalcry.org/underreported-struggles-62-may-2012/

The May 2012 edition reports (among other items):

1. the Wixarika (Huichol) people located in Mexico, slammed that government for recently announcing measures to protect thousands of acres of Wixarika sacred land.  The government, media, and the general public are calling this a victory but the Wixarika leaders say that it's nothing more than a "media ploy", because it only amounts to one percent of their land.

2. The Chilean Supreme Court rejected arguments by the Hito clan of the Rapa Nui people for lands on Easter Island. The Hito clan has been trying for years to regain control of a parcel of land that was traditionally in their possession, currently the site for a luxury hotel. The Supreme Court’s rejection included statements that, in 1888, all inhabitants on Easter Island became illegal squatters.

3. A U.S. federal judge rejected the Quechan Nation's request for an injunction against the controversial Ocotillo Express Wind Project in California. The Quechan filed the injunction days after the Bureau of Land Management gave “fast-track” approval for the project. In their petition, the Quechan explained that, by approving the project, the Department of Interior violated federal laws, regulations, and policies. The 10,150-acre project area contains 287 archaeological sites and at least 12 burial sites, all of which would be likely desecrated or destroyed by the massive wind farm.

4. Members of the Musqueam First Nation and their supporters shut down traffic on the Arthur Laing Bridge in South Vancouver. The action came after weeks of organizing to protect ancient burial grounds at the foot of the bridge. More actions are undoubtedly on the way, since BC Premier Clark continues to refuse to do the right thing, for the Musqueam.

5. Winnemem Wintu Tribe members joined with members of other Indian Tribes and environmental activists to shut down Lake Shasta in conjunction with the Tribe's four-day War Dance (H’up Chonas in the Winnemem language) at the site where they have held their Coming of Age ceremonies for thousands of years. The War Dance signified the tribe’s spiritual commitment to defend at all costs the ceremony from heckling, flashing and other disruptions by recreational boaters that have occurred in previous years.

6. After decades of struggle, Indigenous Peoples in El Salvador will finally be recognized in the constitution – a first step towards recovering their community identity, which they have been denied by the state and by society at large. A reported by IPS News, Article 63 of the constitution will be modified to acknowledge indigenous languages and other expressions of indigenous culture.

7. The ministers of the Supreme Court of Paraguay withdrew the tenure of settlers who were illegally permitted to invade Indigenous Land in the 1960s. As a result of the decision, the Pataxó Hã-Hã-Hãe, after nearly a century, are now ensured full occupation of the territory demarcated in 1938.

8. The O'odham community of Gila River is coming out in full force against the proposed Florence Copper Project. In addition to ever-growing grassroots opposition, The Gila River Tribal Council has voted 15-0 to oppose the project. A resolution from the Tribal Council cites the potential for the development to impact water on the reservation.

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