Stories about Indigenous from September, 2010
Chile: 80 days later, Mapuche still on hunger strike
Today marks 80 days of the Mapuche hunger strike over the Anti-terror law in Chile. Observatorio Ciudadano published a list [es] of demonstrations that will take place throughout Chile and in Italy to support the Mapuche on their hunger strike.
Trinidad & Tobago: Film on the Amerindians
Repeating Islands blogs about “one of the documentaries being screened at the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival…Tracy Assing’s new film The Amerindians.”
The Invisible Border Between Ecuador and Colombia
The Colombia-Ecuador border is once again a contentious issue. Both countries have a border of 586 km and with it a long history of conflict, mutual accusations and reports of armed conflict and displacement.
Mexico: State of Human Rights of Indigenous Women
In an interview for Vivir México [es], Pepe Flores asked Yalí Noriega –from Amnesty International Mexico [es]– about the state of human rights of indigenous women.
Peru: Hydroelectric Project Raises Concerns
The blog Warmiboa [es] shares its concern about hydroelectric project Corina, which would divert water from two rivers (Huallaga and Marañón) to the coast in order to irrigate the desert, causing “unpredictable consequences.” The blogger explains that this project would affect the people of Loreto, who suffer from a lack...
Mexico: Indigenous Community San Juan Copala Ordered to Evacuate
Kristin Bricker explains that, “Authorities of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, have ordered the total evacuation of the town, which has been under siege since February of this year. The authorities issued the order when alleged paramilitaries raided San Juan Copala and said that they would massacre...
Taiwan: Interview with Kimbo Hu
Trista di Genova interviews indigenous musician Kimbo Hu (胡德夫). Kimbo is well known for his music and has also been a leader in the indigenous rights movement in Taiwan.
Chile: Police Break up Display of Mapuche Flag During Bicentennial Celebrations
Montserrat Nicolas shares a citizen video of an incident during the bicentennial celebrations; the video shows police breaking up a display of a Mapuche flag and apprehending those involved.
Brazil: Real Estate Speculation Threats the Cerrado
Real state speculation is taking over Brazil and sparking a debate on the environmental and social impact of the ever growing construction sector. In Brasilia, the modern capital of Brazil, this debate involves indigenous rights and the destruction of the Savannah, known as Cerrado.
Colombia: Soldiers Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Murder of Indigenous Leader
In Colombia Passport Albeiro Rodas writes: “Six soldiers were found responsible of the murder of indigenous leader Edwin Legard and sentenced to 4 years in prison […] The indigenous leader was murdered in December 2008 by a group of soldiers when he was driving for a road in the west-southern...
Paraguay: Media Ignores Execution of Three Indians
Enrique Ramón Galeano writes [es] about the execution of three Indians, an event that he says the media and NGOs have ignored.
Canada: The ‘Disappearance’ of Native Women
News from Canada that nearly 600 native women have gone missing over the past three decades has spread far and wide and throughout the Canadian blogosphere. Human rights activists claim that the Canadian government has not done enough to investigate the disappearances. Most of the women are thought to have been murdered.
Indigenous People and Mines in Canada
The Indigenous community in North America share many similar challenges with many citizens of the developing world. Poverty is endemic even though their territories are often rich in natural resources. Bloggers weigh in on the latest resource controversy: