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Inspired by Berta Cáceres, Francisca Ramírez Leads Unified Indigenous and Campesino Anti-Canal Movement in Nicaragua

Featured image: Francisca Ramírez. Photo: Jorge Torres / La Prensa      by Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry For those who have not yet heard of Nicaraguan activist, Francisca Ramírez, that is about to change. The apolitical, movement-focused leader of the growing anti-canal mobilization in Nicaragua is not backing down from state intimidation tactics, and is … Continue reading Inspired by Berta Cáceres, Francisca Ramírez Leads Unified Indigenous and Campesino Anti-Canal Movement in Nicaragua

Tuahka Indigenous Leader Shot and Killed in Nicaragua

The climate of violence endemic to the ongoing resource wars, illegal occupation, violent siege, and politically motivated land grabs of Nicaragua’s North Caribbean Autonomous Region, is continuing to escalate.

On Wednesday evening, January 25, the death of a well-known Tuahka Indigenous leader was confirmed – Camilo Frank López was shot in the forehead and killed while leaving a local bar with his cousin. López was the current Tuahka Indigenous Territorial Government Prosecutor. ... Continue reading →

Massacre in Nicaragua

Mayanga family slaughtered by illegal colonizers while planting food on traditional land  Warning: this article includes graphic images that some readers may find disturbing.      by Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry In a shocking escalation of the ongoing violent conflict devastating the Indigenous binational autonomous nation of Moskitia, a Mayanga family of three was … Continue reading Massacre in Nicaragua

Nicaragua: Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas at Yatama Supporters Amid Charges of Electoral Fraud

The day after Nicaragua’s primary elections, supporters of the Miskito indigenous party, Yapti Tasba Masraka Nanih Aslatakanka, or Sons of Mother Earth (YATAMA), took to the streets of Puerto Cabezas to celebrate a regional victory for Indigenous Peoples. It had just been announced that Brooklyn Rivera, the leader of YATAMA, had won political office. ... Continue reading →

The Indigenous Struggle Against the Grand Canal of Nicaragua

By Intercontinental Cry The Southern Autonomous Region of Nicaragua is home to nine indigenous and afro-descendant communities represented by the Rama-Kriol Territorial Government. On May 3, 2016 Rama-Kriol Territorial President Hector Thomas signed an agreement with the Nicaraguan Canal Development Commission giving consent for the indefinite lease of 173km of communal land to develop the … Continue reading The Indigenous Struggle Against the Grand Canal of Nicaragua

Northern Nicaragua Coast Crisis

By Carlos Enrique Maibeth-Mortimer / Intercontinental Cry There is a crisis erupting in Nicaragua’s North Caribbean Autonomous Region that spans across all social and economic boundaries, affecting everything from human rights to ecosystem preservation to climate change. The Indigenous Miskitu and Mayagna Peoples, whose traditional cultural practices are inseparably linked to the environment and who exist at … Continue reading Northern Nicaragua Coast Crisis

Miskitu People Under Siege in Nicaragua

By Laura Hobson Herlihy / Cultural Survival The Miskitu people (pop. 185,000) live in Muskitia, a rainforest region that stretches along the Central American Caribbean coast from Black River, Honduras to just south of Bluefields, Nicaragua. Two-thirds of Muskitia and the Miskitu people reside in Nicaragua. The Miskitu people in Nicaragua today are in a … Continue reading Miskitu People Under Siege in Nicaragua

Bangkukuk: The Indigenous Rama Speak Out Against Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Grand Canal

By Intercontinental CryBangkukuk: The Indigenous Rama Speak Out Bangkukuk: The Indigenous Rama Speak Out Against Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Grand CanalAgainst Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Grand Canal The Rama people have lived on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua for thousands of years, long before the existence of the nation state. Nicaragua’s Law 445 recognizes indigenous ownership of traditional lands … Continue reading Bangkukuk: The Indigenous Rama Speak Out Against Nicaragua’s Interoceanic Grand Canal

Indigenous Nicaraguans fight to the death for their last forest

By Inter Press Service Mayangna indigenous communities in northern Nicaragua are caught up in a life-and-death battle to defend their ancestral territory in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve from the destruction wrought by invading settlers and illegal logging. The president of the Mayangna indigenous nation, Aricio Genaro, told Tierramérica that their struggle to protect this reserve, … Continue reading Indigenous Nicaraguans fight to the death for their last forest