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· February, 2011

Stories about Indigenous from February, 2011

Brazil: Trial for murder of Guarani Kaiowa begins

22 February 2011

Update on GV's post Brazil: Eradicating the Indigenous Guarani Kaiowa. The trial of the accused for the murder of chief Marcos Veron resumed on February 21. The website Indigenous Peoples Issues translates an article by CIMI (Indigenous Missionary Council) about the mobilization of Guarani indians to accompany the trial.

Dominica: First Indigenous Lawyer

17 February 2011

The Voice of the Taino People Online is proud to tell the story of “Pearl Diane Williams…the first indigenous Kalinago Carib person from Waitikubuli (Dominica) and possibly the Eastern Caribbean to be admitted to the Bar in the Commonwealth of Dominica.”

Trinidad & Tobago: “Arima” in Kiddies Carnival

16 February 2011

“Arima — which means both ‘place of the beginning’ and ‘water’ — is an indigenous Amerindian place name for what is now a large town in eastern Trinidad”: Alice Yard blogs about its children’s Carnival masquerade band, which “attempts to bring these two definitions together”.

Ecuador: Judge orders Chevron to pay $8.6 billion fine

15 February 2011

“The eighteen-year lawsuit against Chevron came to a climax when a judge ruled that Texaco (now owned by Chevron) was liable environmental damages in the Ecuadorian rainforest. The court decreed that the oil company pay a reported $8.6 billion fine and apologize publicly or risk doubling the damages figure,” reports...

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Peru: Inambari Hydroelectric Project Generates Rejection

11 February 2011

The Inambari hydroelectric project in the Peruvian Amazon jungle has sparked public debate and generated rejection due to its potential impact on the local ecosystem and because 80% of the energy produced will go to Brazil. Inambari would be the fifth largest central in the region, with an installed capacity of 2,200 megawatts, and its construction will require an investment of U.S. $4 billion.

Trinidad & Tobago: Making Carnival Locally

9 February 2011

Guanaguanare applauds the announcement of the Minister of Culture about putting a stop to the importation of Carnival costumes, saying: “Supporting indigenous creativity and opportunities for employment of locals will ensure that more of the cultural and economic benefits of this festival will be shared more widely with our population.”

Ecuador: Chevron Files Lawsuit Against Ecuadorian Plaintiffs

2 February 2011

“In the latest chapter in the legal battle between Chevron and Ecuadorian natives the former has raised the stakes in its offensive on the latter,” The Latin Americanist reports. The lawsuit, “alleged that the Ecuadorian plaintiffs and their legal team aim to ‘extort (Chevron) into paying to stop the campaign...

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