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Resisting Pipelines from Standing Rock to Bagua

Resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock has gained unprecedented coverage. At the center of the story is a thousand-plus miles long pipeline that would transport some 500,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline is backed by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. And It faces a huge line of Indigenous nations who’ve come together to say “No." ... Continue reading →

UN urged to end mercury poisoning crisis in South America

Featured Image: Gold miners have been invading Yanomami land for decades. © Fiona Watson/Survival International By Survival International Mercury poisoning is devastating tribal peoples across Amazonia, Survival International warned the U.N today. In a letter to the U.N Special Rapporteur for Health, Survival International highlighted the failure of South American governments to address the contamination. The unmonitored … Continue reading UN urged to end mercury poisoning crisis in South America

Peru: Mercury poisoning “epidemic” sweeps tribe

Featured image:  A huge proportion of the Nahua tribe have been affected by the poisoning, which causes anemia and acute kidney problems © Johan Wildhagen By Survival International Up to 80% of a recently-contacted tribe in Peru have been poisoned with mercury, raising serious concerns for the future of the tribe. One child has already died … Continue reading Peru: Mercury poisoning “epidemic” sweeps tribe

Wampis Nation: the first autonomous Indigenous government in Peru

By Fionuala Cregan / Intercontinental Cry Image by Toni Fish/flckr. Some Rights Reserved. For most Peruvians it was a Sunday like any other; but in the Wampis community of Soledad, it was a historic day. On November 29, the Wampis nation declared the formation of the first Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru. Spanning a 1.3 million hectare … Continue reading Wampis Nation: the first autonomous Indigenous government in Peru

Achuar seize 14 oil wells in Peru, demanding compensation for exploitation

By teleSUR Indigenous communities in Peru occupied 14 oil wells, paralyzing South American energy firm Pluspetrol’s production, in a protest to demand better compensation for the use of their land. Some 380 members of the Achuar community took control of the facilities in Peru’s northern Amazon region of Loreto Monday, halting the production of some 3,100 … Continue reading Achuar seize 14 oil wells in Peru, demanding compensation for exploitation

500 Achuar take control of major oil field in Peru, demand cleanup of spills

By Dan Collyns / The Guardian Around 500 Achuar indigenous protesters have occupied Peru’s biggest oil field in the Amazon rainforest near Ecuador to demand the clean-up of decades of contamination from spilled crude oil. The oilfield operator, Argentine Pluspetrol, said output had fallen by 70% since the protesters occupied its facilities on Monday – … Continue reading 500 Achuar take control of major oil field in Peru, demand cleanup of spills

Peru allows gas company to invade “protected” indigenous reserve

By David Hill / Mongabay The Peruvian government has approved plans for gas company Pluspetrol to move deeper into a supposedly protected reserve for indigenous peoples and the buffer zone of the Manu National Park in the Amazon rainforest. The approval follows the government rescinding a highly critical report on the potential impacts of the … Continue reading Peru allows gas company to invade “protected” indigenous reserve

Time is Short: Militant Mining Resistance

Mining is one of the most viscerally destructive and horrific ways in which the dominant culture—industrial civilization—enacts its violence on the living world. As entirely and unequivocally destructive as this society is, few other industrial activities are as horrifically confronting as mining. Whole landscapes are cleared of life as communities—most often indigenous or poor—are forced … Continue reading Time is Short: Militant Mining Resistance

Indigenous people of Amazon working together to stop Canadian oil giant

By Survival International Amazon Indians from Peru and Brazil have joined together to stop a Canadian oil company destroying their land and threatening the lives of uncontacted tribes. Hundreds of Matsés Indians gathered on the border of Peru and Brazil last Saturday and called on their governments to stop the exploration, warning that the work … Continue reading Indigenous people of Amazon working together to stop Canadian oil giant

Peru and Ecuador auctioning off indigenous land in Amazon to oil industry

By Darrin Mortenson / Alianza Arkana Even as indigenous people struggle to cope with current levels of contamination and illness caused by years of oil production in the Amazon, the governments of Peru and Ecuador are preparing to sell off even more Amazonian territory to the oil industry in coming months. Starting in November, Peru’s … Continue reading Peru and Ecuador auctioning off indigenous land in Amazon to oil industry