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Letter From the Shuar Arutam People to the Country and The World

To my Shuar brothers and sisters, to the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Andes, to the men and women of Ecuador and the World.

As many of you know,recent days have been very dangerous for our people. These days have not yet ended and are, indeed, probably only the beginning of a great territorial dispute initiated by the National Government against the Shuar Arutam People. ... Continue reading →

By Blood and Fire: Mining and Militarization in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Before dawn on Dec. 21, 2016, dozens of police raided the headquarters of the Shuar Federation (FISCH) in the Ecuadorian Amazon and arbitrarily detained its president, Agustin Wachapá. The indigenous leader was thrown to the ground and repeatedly stamped on and ridiculed beneath the boots of police in front of his wife. The police then razed the Shuar Federation’s office—turning over furniture and carrying away computers. According to the indigenous leader's wife, her husband was taken away without any kind of explanation. An arrest warrant for Wachapá was never presented. ... Continue reading →

#SOSPuebloShuar: Respect the Right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent in Ecuador

Featured image: Domingo Ankuash of the Shuar speaking at the Inter-American Commission in Washington DC.  By Daniel Cima.      by Cultural Survival Cultural Survival condemns the action of the Ecuadorian government in the raiding of the Shuar federation, FICSH (Federación Interprovincial de Centros Shuar), and the arbitrary detention of its president, Agustin Wachapa, on December 20, 2016. … Continue reading #SOSPuebloShuar: Respect the Right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent in Ecuador

India: Mining company targets Dongria’s sacred hills – AGAIN

A mining company in India has renewed its efforts to start mining on the sacred hills of the Dongria Kondh people, despite previous defeat in the Supreme Court, and determined opposition by the tribe. The Dongria Kondh consider the Niyamgiri Hills to be sacred and have been dependent on and managed them for millennia. Despite this the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), which previously partnered with British-owned Vedanta Resources, is once again attempting to open a bauxite mine there. ... Continue reading →

More than a few bad apples: “Militarized neoliberalism” and the Canadian state in Latin America

Stories of bloody, degrading violence associated with Canadian mining operations abroad sporadically land on Canadian news pages. HudBay Minerals, Goldcorp, Barrick Gold, Nevsun and Tahoe Resources are some of the bigger corporate names associated with this activity. Sometimes our attention is held for a moment, sometimes at a stretch. It usually depends on what solidarity networks and under-resourced support groups can sustain in their attempts to raise the issues and amplify the voices of those affected by one of Canada’s most globalized industries. But even they only tell us part of the story. ... Continue reading →

Molalla Indians Oppose Old Hazeldell Quarry | #SaveTheElliott State Forest!

Molalla Ancestral Run: Tribe responds to Old Hazeldell Quarry Claims By Kayla Godowa-Tufti  Photos by Erika Lincango  Censored News OAKRIDGE, Oregon (October 4, 2016) — Last weekend marked the first year of the Molalla Ancestral Run. On Saturday October 1st, members of the Chakgeenkni-Tufti band of Molalla Indians called for ceremony in response to the recent proposal to … Continue reading Molalla Indians Oppose Old Hazeldell Quarry | #SaveTheElliott State Forest!

Peru: National park plan to open up uncontacted tribe’s land to Big Oil

Featured image: Many contacted Matsés have expressed opposition to any efforts to contact their uncontacted neighbors, or to explore for oil in their territory. © Survival International      by Survival International Survival International has learned that the Peruvian government is developing a “Master Plan” for a new national park that could pave the way … Continue reading Peru: National park plan to open up uncontacted tribe’s land to Big Oil

Navajo Communities Still Struggle After Mining Disaster

Featured image: The San Juan River still turns a muddy orange after a heavy rain, as sediments from the Gold King Mine spill are stirred up from the bottom.  Suzette Brewer      by Suzette Brewer / Indian Country Today Media Network SHIPROCK, New Mexico—On Friday, as the Obama administration temporarily halted construction of the Dakota Access pipeline due … Continue reading Navajo Communities Still Struggle After Mining Disaster

Weeks Before Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Intensified, Big Oil Pushed for Expedited Permitting

Featured image by Tony Webster / Flickr      by Steve Horn / Desmog In the two months leading up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to issue to the Dakota Access pipeline project an allotment of Nationwide 12 permits (NWP) — a de facto fast-track federal authorization of the project — an army of oil industry players submitted comments to … Continue reading Weeks Before Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Intensified, Big Oil Pushed for Expedited Permitting

Keystone XL Owner TransCanada Wins Bid For Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf of Mexico

By Steve Horn / Desmog TransCanada, owner of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently being contested in federal court and in front of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) legal panel, has won a $2.1 billion joint venture bid with Sempra Energy for a pipeline to shuttle gas obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale … Continue reading Keystone XL Owner TransCanada Wins Bid For Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf of Mexico