Stories about Indigenous from July, 2015
Ostula and Mexican Army Hold to Clashing Versions of Recent Attack
In Mexico, the independent investigation agency SubVersiones has published a compilation video that chronologically shows what events that took place on July 19, 2015, in the indigenous Nahua community of Santa María de Ostula. That day ended with four wounded and a dead child, after Mexican soldiers allegedly opened fired on civilians during an operation designed to arrest a leader of a local self-defense...
Destroying a Mountain: Mexican President Orders Expropriation of Native Lands for Freeway Project
A presidential decree was enough to expropriate almost 100 acres of land from the indigenous Otomi community for the construction of a new highway.
Learn 40 Aboriginal Hand Signs Used to Communicate Across Western Australia’s Desert
A participatory video project in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert is teaching about hand signs used by Aboriginal women elders while teaching the Kukatja language.
Shipibo Stories Pass to the Next Generation—With a Little Help From Digital Media
In the Peruvian Amazon, the Chariboan Joi citizen journalism project has been training young Shipibo to digitally capture traditional stories from their elders to preserve their language and culture.
Latin American Indigenous Communities Compete in the ‘Other’ Copa América
Not everyone was on board with the alternative tournament. "This is an outrageous sham," one group wrote.
Mexican Army Accused of Shooting Civilians During Operation in Michoacán
Independent media reported that the Mexican Army opened fire against civilians in the indigenous community of Ostula in Michoacán state. One news outlet said a 12-year-old boy was killed.
Are Countries Legally Required to Protect Their Citizens From Climate Change?
Science writer Sophia Schweitzer looks at a landmark court decision ordering the Dutch government to act faster to protect its citizens against the harmful effects of climate change.
Mexican Newspaper Launches Mayan-Language Edition
Mayan is the second most important indigenous language in Mexico, spoken by about 800,000 people.
The Aymara Indigenous University, a Path Towards Helping Native Communities in Bolivia
A citizen journalism project provides students from the Aymara Indigenous University of Bolivia "Túpac Katari" the opportunity to write about their experiences in this unique university.
A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia
Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.