By Chris Arsenault Despite living just 90km from a massive diamond mine, Jackie Hookimaw Witt has watched poverty tear at the fabric of Attawapiskat, an indigenous community in northern Canada. The northern Ontario community made international headlines recently, when the chief declared a state of emergency, as many houses lacked heating during frozen winters, and … Continue reading First Nations people suffer extreme poverty as corporations plunder traditional land
By Tanya Talaga / Toronto Star When members of Wahgoshig First Nation spotted a drilling crew on what they say is a sacred burial site, they demanded to know who the strangers were and what they were doing. The Wahgoshig, whose Algonquin reserve of 19,239 acres is 113 km east of Timmins, running south from … Continue reading Wahgoshig First Nation wins injunction against corporate gold drillers
By Survival International Judges in Brazil have allowed a Guarani community to stay on its ancestral land, which it reoccupied having been forced to live in a makeshift camp for over a year and a half. The judges have suspended an eviction order which threatened to force the Indians to leave their land and face … Continue reading Judges allow Indians to remain on ancestral land
By Survival International A week-long protest ended violently on Sunday after police moved in on a group of Ngobe-Buglé Indians in the Chiriquí province of western Panama. Protestors had blockaded part of the Pan-American Highway, the main transport link connecting the Americas. But on Sunday the police moved in with tear-gas, forcing the crowds to … Continue reading Two dead and 40 injured in Panama police attack
from http://www.progressive.org/ By Rebecca Kemble, February 2, 2012 Last Thursday, Anishinaabe elder Joe Rose of the Bad River Band addressed a press conference at the WI State Capitol. He traveled 250 miles from the shores of Lake Superior to protest the passage of a highly controversial mining bill that opens the door to a huge, open … Continue reading Walker Favors Wolf Hunters over Native Rights
from http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/ SHAWANO, WISCONSIN – What’s love got to do with it? Not much, especially if you say the words “I love you” in the Menominee language in front of a certain Wisconsin teacher. Seventh grader Miranda Washinawatok, Menominee, found this out. Miranda speaks two languages: Menominee and English. She also plays on her basketball … Continue reading Menominee Seventh Grader Suspended for Saying “I Love You” in her Native Language
by Stephen Corry What’s “development” for? That may be straightforward to people who don’t have water or food, or sewerage in urban areas (faecal contamination is the biggest, easily preventable, manmade killer). But, although millions still lack such basics, they form only a tiny part of what passes for development these days. The duplicity of … Continue reading Do indigenous peoples benefit from ‘development’?
The following is from the Liberate Austin People of Color Collective. You can click over to their original post right here, if you’d like. It includes a statement from the LAPOCC, an article by two indigenous activists, and some links to further essays. LAPOCC is still getting their site together, so there’s not much else … Continue reading Thanksgiving is a Day of Mourning, from LAPOCC