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Stories about Indigenous

24 May 2016

A New Campaign Encourages Latin American Indigenous Communities to Create Their Own Media

Rising Voices

"By creating our own media, we, the indigenous peoples, are protagonists of our own history..."

A Peruvian Amazon Community Is Putting Up a Fight Against the Expansion of Oil Palm

The legal case of Santa Clara Uchunya against the Pucallpa Plantations is emblematic because its outcome will have far-reaching consequences for the future of the region and its indigenous peoples.

23 May 2016

The Arkana Alliance: An Organization that Builds Bridges with the Shipibo Communities of Ucayali in Peru

Rising Voices

Meet the Arkana Alliance, an organization that is working in the Peruvian Amazon to empower the Shipibo people and help them preserve their environment.

14 May 2016

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

9 May 2016

Confused About the Mapuche Conflict in Chile? This Animated Video Can Help

"The mosaic of the Mapuche people is diverse. But all who have an awareness of being Mapuche are united by the desire for justice, recognition, respect, equality and value."

27 April 2016

Indigenous Echoes, Broadcasting the Voices of Mexican Diversity on the Web

Rising Voices

A Mexican initiative brings the indigenous radio to the Internet and to the world.

20 April 2016

In Australia, Learning the Gumbaynggir Language Three Minutes at a Time

Rising Voices

Tune in to an Australian radio show to learn phrases in Gumbaynggirr language. If you happen to miss that episode, head over to their blog to read what you missed.

16 April 2016

The Mexican Government's Favourite Contractor Displaces Indigenous People to Build a Motorway

"It's not fair how they are walking all over us", claim the people from Xochicuautla. "They are destroying my house, my home, my livelihood, without so much as a warning."

1 April 2016

Two-Day Workshop Strengthens Ties Between Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Peru

Rising Voices

Peruvian digital activists working to promote their native languages online found common ground at a workshop held in the historical city of Cusco, Peru.

14 March 2016

Polarization and Dehumanization: Two Keys to Understanding the Assassination of Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres

Hedme Sierra Castro, a Honduran human rights advocate, shares context on Honduras, a land vulnerable to impunity and abuse of native communities.

8 March 2016

What More Do Latin American Women Want? Equality, Safety and Respect for Starters

"...we want to be able to travel alone without being killed, we want to be able to walk freely in the streets without fear..."

4 March 2016

Human Rights Activist and Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Is Assassinated in Honduras

After years of environmental activism and fighting for indigenous communities, human rights champion Berta Caceres was assassinated in Honduras today.

28 February 2016

Sexual Violence a Crime Against Humanity, Guatemalan Court Rules in Historic Verdict

In a historic ruling, a Guatemala court sentences former military men for murder, rape and enslavement of indigenous women, categorizing the offenses as crimes against humanity.

27 February 2016

Efforts Continue to Free Indigenous Activist and Ex-Director of Community Police in Mexico

Thirty months after Nestora Salgado's arrest, efforts to free her continue. The charges against her haven't been dropped even though international bodies have recognized her detention is illegal and arbitrary.

23 February 2016

Swasthani Vrata Katha in Photos: Nepal’s Month-Long Festival of Fasting and Praying for Spouses’ Well-Being

The ritual is said to have started after King Himalaya’s daughter Parvati, the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion, spent a month fasting and praying to the goddess Swasthani.

Residents of the Peruvian Amazon Denounce Oil Spills Contaminating Local Rivers

"Incredible! Petroperú contaminates rivers in the Amazon and the 59 million sol fine will be paid by all of us Peruvians"

Indian Tribal Activist Soni Sori, ‘an Inconvenient Woman Who Speaks Inconvenient Truths’, Attacked

"Attack on Soni Sori is another attempt to muzzle the voice of dissent. One might disagree with one's views but this is no way to deal with."

13 February 2016

A Colombian Official Takes Short-Lived Legal Action Against a Journalist Over His Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

"...limitation of freedom of expression must be necessary and proportionate, that is, it must be the only and most effective means, something which is not true in this case."

9 February 2016

Classrooms Without Teachers Spread in Southern Venezuela

Although they love their profession, hundreds of teachers in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, have left their classrooms to find more affordable pay in other industries.

7 February 2016

Indigenous Otomí-Ñätho Communities in Mexico Exercise Their Autonomy to Defend Their Lands

"Why do we care for the forest? Because it is the lungs of both the Valley of Toluca and the Valley of Mexico."

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