Categories Archives: Culture of Resistance

How an indigenous activist has fought to shut down funding for an 800 foot dam in Ethiopia

By Rachel Nuwer / The New York Times At a casual glance, Lake Turkana in northern Kenya may not seem a fount of milk and honey. The temperature around the lake hovers around 100 degrees, and tourists are warned not to approach the water because of the crocodiles and vipers lurking among the volcanic rocks. … Continue reading How an indigenous activist has fought to shut down funding for an 800 foot dam in Ethiopia

Logging company in PNG hires police to lock indigenous landowners in shipping containers

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Locals protesting the destruction of their forest in Papua New Guinea for two palm oil plantations say police have been sent in for a second time to crack-down on their activities, even as a Commission of Inquiry (COI) investigates the legality of the concession. Traditional landowners in Pomio District on … Continue reading Logging company in PNG hires police to lock indigenous landowners in shipping containers

Lawyer representing Chevron dismisses indigenous victims of oil contamination as “irrelevant”

By Amazon Defense Coalition A lead Chevron lawyer has made the preposterous claim that the 30,000 Ecuadorian victims of the oil giant’s contamination are “irrelevant” to the court case that led to an $18 billion judgment against the company. Doak Bishop, a Chevron lawyer from the American firm King & Spalding, said the following before a … Continue reading Lawyer representing Chevron dismisses indigenous victims of oil contamination as “irrelevant”

Diné and Hopi people protest latest effort by government to steal water for cities and corporations

By Drew Sully / Indigenous Action A group of Diné and Hopi people ( including traditional people and elders) upset by the latest colonial attack on indigenous peoples water rights, gathered to protest the visits of two US Senators to the Navajo Nation today.  The people had gathered to say “no deal” to s2109, the … Continue reading Diné and Hopi people protest latest effort by government to steal water for cities and corporations

Video: Message to the World from the Naso Indigenous People in Panama

By Selva Rico Project The Panamanian government has plans to build a massive hydroelectric plant within the Naso Indigenous Reserve.  The Naso partake in week long road blocks as we hear from one of the matriarchs of the community, Virginia, and her views on what will become of their culture if the project is allowed … Continue reading Video: Message to the World from the Naso Indigenous People in Panama

Dongria Kondh people of India vow to continue struggle against mining corporation Vedanta

By Jason Burke / The Guardian The leaders of thousands of forest-dwelling tribesmen who have fought for years to preserve their ancestral lands from exploitation by an international mining corporation have promised to continue their struggle whatever the decision in a key hearing before India’s supreme court on Monday. Dubbed the “real-life Avatar” after the … Continue reading Dongria Kondh people of India vow to continue struggle against mining corporation Vedanta

Nuxalk First Nation abandons involvement with Northern Gateway pipeline, vowing to oppose project

By Justine Hunter / The Globe and Mail The federal review of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline has hit another setback this week after a coastal first nation community withdrew from the process, saying the Harper government has predetermined the outcome. The hearings were temporarily derailed when the panel was greeted by protests in the … Continue reading Nuxalk First Nation abandons involvement with Northern Gateway pipeline, vowing to oppose project

Nahua community in Mexico seeing its land defenders killed off one by one

By Maria Sanchez  / Upside Down World Tucked between sand dunes and the Pacific Ocean, perched on a small hill, is Xayakalan, home to members of the indigenous community, Santa Maria Ostula. Here, the sound of waves hitting the shore mixes with the cries of children playing among the wooden huts. Against this beautiful backdrop, … Continue reading Nahua community in Mexico seeing its land defenders killed off one by one