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Yanomami under threat from illegal gold mining

By Survival International Yanomami shaman and spokesman Davi Kopenawa warned the UN in Geneva this week of the dangers illegal gold mining is bringing to his people. Davi stated that thousands of illegal miners are currently working in the Yanomami territory, destroying the rainforest, polluting rivers and putting the Indians’ lives at risk. The uncontacted … Continue reading Yanomami under threat from illegal gold mining

Cultures of Resistance

The book Deep Green Resistance studies the American Civil Rights Movement, the British Women’s Social and Political Union, and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta. All these “cultures of resistance” provide loyal support for their members, so they may do the difficult work of demanding social and political change. I’ve looked into … Continue reading Cultures of Resistance

Ontario orders mining companies to leave KI First Nation land

By Ahni / Intercontinental Cry In a surprise move this week, the province of Ontario has declared that 23,000 square kilometres of traditional Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) land is now off limits to mining companies. It’s the single largest withdrawal in the history of Ontario. However, it’s not without controversy. While the welcomed decision was based … Continue reading Ontario orders mining companies to leave KI First Nation land

Video: Trailer for “Open Pit”

Open Pit, a ninety minute documentary, explores the impacts of gold mining, one of the most lucrative industries in the world. In the remote highlands of Cajamarca in Peru operates the Yanacocha mine, the most profitable goldmine in the world. Constantly taking over more land and impacting the environment, the mine is conflicting with the … Continue reading Video: Trailer for “Open Pit”

Weyerhaeuser subsidiary joins with Palomar College to desecrate Indian village and burial site

By Ahni, Intercontinental Cry Tomkav, a Luiseno village and burial site in Northern San Diego County, is being happily desecrated by developers working for Pardee Homes (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Corporation) and Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. On the morning of February 23, 2012, a group of bulldozers arrived to begin work on … Continue reading Weyerhaeuser subsidiary joins with Palomar College to desecrate Indian village and burial site

Corporate soy production in Paraguay killing land, dispossessing indigenous

By Ignacio Cirio / Translated by Jim Rudolf Eight million hectares, half the surface area of Uruguay: That is the combined area that the government of Fernando Lugo is hoping to investigate, to determine if the lands are “ill-gotten,” whose title deeds could be forged or faked or simply seized from the times of the … Continue reading Corporate soy production in Paraguay killing land, dispossessing indigenous

As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

By Gáldu The Phulbari open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh could displace hundreds of thousands of people and lead to the violation of fundamental human rights of entire villages of Santal, Munda, Mahili and Pahan indigenous peoples, a group of United Nations independent experts warned today. “The Government of Bangladesh must ensure that any policy concerning … Continue reading As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

Algonquins of Barriere Lake continue protest against imposed council

By Gale Courey Toensing / Indian Country Today While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was holding his first Crown-First Nations summit with indigenous leaders at the Old Ottawa City Hall last month, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake gathered outside to rally against what members say is an unwanted and illegitimate council imposed on their community … Continue reading Algonquins of Barriere Lake continue protest against imposed council

Mexican court suspends mining in sacred territory of the Wixarika

By Wirikuta Defense Front The federal courts have definitively granted the suspension of the violations claimed by the Wixarika (Huichol) People in order that no exploitation permit be granted for the La Luz mining project, in the Municipality of Catorce in San Luis Potosí, so long as the core issue remains unresolved. Given the failure … Continue reading Mexican court suspends mining in sacred territory of the Wixarika

Indian police trying to prevent Dongria Kondh ceremony on sacred mountain

By Survival International Security forces are cracking down on the Dongria Kondh tribe as they prepare for a religious festival this weekend at the top of India’s most contentious mountain. Hundreds are determined to attend the Niyamraja ritual in the sacred Niyamgiri Hills, which are at the center of a controversial mining project involving UK … Continue reading Indian police trying to prevent Dongria Kondh ceremony on sacred mountain