Columbus Day: Indigenous People of the Americas

Brazil Agrobusiness Lobby Set to Appropriate Native Land and Timber

October 13, 2013

Indigenous organizations protest in Brasilia, against the proposed Constitutional Reform PEC 215 to put the fate of Amazonian Forests in the hands of Congress; this motion was promoted by “Bancada Ruralista”, the Agribusiness’ lobby many years ago and it is being discussed now.

Big Oil Gets Green Light to Explore Ecuadorian Amazon

August 27, 2013

Patrick Bond: Ecuador President Rafael Correa is a petro-Kenysian who failed to sell Yasuni National Park in carbon markets and to international donors, and now he’s turned a blind eye to what’s really needed

Paraguayan Indigenous Community Reoccupies Territory After Two Decades of Forced Expulsion

June 23, 2013

After state fails to fulfill international court order returning ancestral lands illegally usurped by German cattle rancher, community decides enough is enough

Mexican Activists Demand State Accountability For Increasing Numbers of Disappeared

June 7, 2013

“Alive They Took Them, Alive We Want Them” Mexico rally demand calls for end to forced disappearances

Indigenous Town in Mexico Celebrates Two Years of Autonomy and Defense of their Community Forest

April 23, 2013

After two years of resisting illegal logging and organized crime, indigenous people in the town of Cheran Mexico demand justice for their assassinated community members and respect for their autonomous government

Indigenous Mapuche People Struggle Against the Chilean State and Private Companies

January 31, 2013

Most recent hunger strike by imprisoned activists over “politically motivated prosecutions” and state application of Antiterrorist Law comes to a close as conflict between Mapuche communities and the Chilean state intensifies

Broken Anvil: Victims Fight for Justice After DEA Operation Leaves Four Dead in Honduras

August 21, 2012

The remote community of Ahuas, Honduras is located deep inside the country’s Miskitu coast, a tightly-woven indigenous community long forgotten by government help but also by crime. In contrast to the rest of the country, which boasts the highest murder rate per capita in the world, Ahuas is a peaceful place with deep family ties. But that changed in the early morning hours of May 11, when soldiers opened fire from U.S. government helicopters, killing four people, including two pregnant women, a child and a young father. Now Ahuas and the Moskitia have become ground zero in the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.)’s Operation Anvil and the broader U.S. war on drugs—changing the lives of the gente del Rio—River People—forever. Produced by Kaelyn Forde and Craig Stubing.

True Cost of Chevron in Ecuador

July 6, 2012

Robinson Yumbo, President of the National Indigenous Federation of the Cofan People on the multi-billion dollar woes of Chevron in Ecuador

Is Canada’s Gold Corp. Good for Guatemala?

November 14, 2011

http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/marlinminereport.html

Canadian Native Leaders and Activists Oppose Tar Sands Pipeline

September 27, 2011

180 protestors arrested as protest condemns PM Harper tar sands plans

Mexican Police Stop COP16-Bound Caravan from Hosting Religious Ceremony at Chichen Itza

December 6, 2010

Mobile Broadcast News reports from a convergence of indigenous environmental activists headed to Cancun to oppose UN climate change conference

‘Dancing with Dynamite’ in South America

November 18, 2010

Journalist and author Ben Dangl has spent much of the past decade touring South America and has observed social movements bring down neo-liberal governments and replace them with new ones. Now a few years into the experiment, Dangl has written a new book about the dynamic between those social movements and the governments they helped elect. He notes that in the cases of Ecuador and Bolivia, some of the most influential groups have now become vociferous critics of the governments they helped bring to power. Produced by Jesse Freeston.

Olympic dream vs. Vancouver reality

March 4, 2010

With the close of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, much of the media was quick to declare them a total success. This goes against the mounds of journalism produced before and during the games by the Vancouver Media Co-op, the city’s newly launched independent media center. Believing that there might be more than one answer regarding the success of the games, and one of those should come from the host communities, The Real News spoke to Franklin López, Video Producer with the Co-op, to find out more about the legacy of the 2010 Olympics for the people of Vancouver.

Battle for the Amazon: People vs the government

August 13, 2009

The largest indigenous movement in decades battles to save the Amazon Basin from oil exploitation Pt 1

Inside the Peruvian Amazon

June 12, 2009

Over one year of declared opposition and advocacy, 65 straight days of civil disobedience, two days of bloody confrontations with the police and military, and the government of Peruvian President Alan García still won’t meet with AIDESEP, the coalition of indigenous community organizations at the forefront of the movement to resist the exploitation of Peru’s Amazonian resources. In fact, the government has chosen to charge the coalition’s leader, Alberto Pizango, with sedition, causing him to seek asylum in the Nicaraguan embassy. Freelance journalist Ben Powless reports from inside Peru’s Amazon Basin that this approach neglects the true nature of the movement. Powless reports that Pizango has never played a central role in the movement. The resistance is a spontaneous response to the threats posed to their land, and by extension their lives, by President García’s plans. Powless reports that those plans, which were set in motion by the enacting of free trade agreements with the US and Canada, are in violation of numerous international laws, since they allow the government to develop land held by indigenous nations without prior consultation and consent.

Last resort: Natives stand up

December 17, 2008

The indigenous Algonquin community of Barriere Lake has been fighting with the provincial government of Quebec and the federal government of Canada for nearly twenty years over their land. Blockades they have set up in the late 1980s stopped illegal logging on their land and led them to sign a Trilateral Agreement with the two governments. Today, the community claims the agreement and all others that followed have not been honored, while logging companies plan to resume operations. In an effort to exert pressure on the government and the logging industry, the community has set up several blockades in protest. In response, the community�s spokespeople and leaders have been arrested. Benjamin Nottoway, Barriere Lake�s customary chief has been arrested at the last blockade and sentenced to two months in jail.

Colombia’s indigenous protest against Uribe

October 23, 2008

10,000 indigenous Colombians are marching against President Alvaro Uribe’s policies. The protest comes one week after violence erupted during demonstrations to press for land reform and dialogue with the government.