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 →
Featured image: Protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp. Image: Michael Nigro/SIPA USA/PA Images. Labeling Native American journalists as “activists” simply because of their heritage helps to further diminish the Indigenous narrative. by Jenni Monet / openDemocracy I get approached frequently to discuss my time spent reporting from Standing Rock, the Indigenous-led movement that sought … Continue reading Indigenous Social Movements: Journalism Versus Activism in Times of Resistance
Featured image: Woodland Cree Tribe Walk protest, January 2017. By Joel Angel Juarez/Zuma Press/PA Images. Indigenous nations have emerged as vocal defenders of land and water, but state surveillance of these groups is disproportionate, and speaks of the broad criminalisation of Indigenous peoples. by Lex Gill and Cara Zwibel / openDemocracy Researchers and journalists … Continue reading Why Does Canada Spy on its Own Indigenous Communities?
Featured image: Aymara people outside the courthouse in Puno on June 28, 2017, during final hearings of the trial. Walter Aduviri was sentenced to seven years for protesting against a Canadian mining project. by Sian Cowman and Aldo Orellana López / Intercontinental Cry This past month, eighteen Aymara community leaders endured the final stages of a trial … Continue reading Harsh Sentencing of Aymara Leader Reveals the Politics of Criminalization in Peru
Featured image: A Miskito elder stands watch in what has become a daily vigil – awaiting the promised return of armed Colonos who recently attacked her village with sophisticated weaponry, covering her home in bullet holes and terrorizing the Miskito community. Courtney Parker, 2016 by Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry Recently published statistics from watchdog … Continue reading Nicaragua: The Most Deadly Country for Land Rights Activists
by Jamie Sechrist TODOS SANTOS, BCS, MX–Chief John J. Moreno, of the traditional Council of Chiefs at Crow Dog’s Sundance, Rosebud, Lakota Territory, has been jailed in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, in what looks like an effort to silence the young environmental attorney. Moreno, lead attorney for local fishermen and the … Continue reading Chief John Moreno Jailed in Mexico
by No More Deaths Arivaca, AZ—In temperatures surging over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the US Border Patrol raided the medical-aid camp of humanitarian organization No More Deaths and detained four individuals receiving medical care. Obstruction of humanitarian aid is an egregious abuse by the law-enforcement agency, a clear violation of international humanitarian law, and … Continue reading Border Patrol Raids Humanitarian-aid Camp in Targeted Attack
Pipeline Resistance Dangers and Quashing Dissent in Florida–Why We Must Stop Sabal Trail Anita Stewart / Deep Green Resistance Florida The pipeline broke ground the first week of September 2016. Despite recent articles making it sound like they just began construction, according to some accounts the pipeline is 90-95% complete. The plans for this pipeline … Continue reading Fighting Pipelines Is Now Dangerous
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
Featured image: Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head in Colombia. © El Heraldo by Survival International Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela, 43, was a leader of the Wiwa tribe and a campaigner for both indigenous and women’s rights. The Wiwa are one of four tribes that live on the Sierra Nevada de … Continue reading Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered
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.