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Brazil indigenous reserve attacked

Brazil indigenous reserve attacked | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it

An indigenous reserve in Brazil's Amazon region has been attacked in the latest incident of violence in the region.

Farmers and loggers set fire to houses in the reserve located in the town of Manicore, in Amazonas state.

 
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Clashes between indigenous groups and non-indigenous locals are not uncommon in Brazil as they are often in conflict over land, logging and mining rights.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, December 31, 2013 10:47 AM

Protected Areas are increasingly under assault across the globe.  We have seen this in Turkey, in central Africa, in South America, and Southeast Asia.  If these Protected Areas exist either only on paper (i.e. Paper Parks) or are so weakly enforced as to amount to no protection to the peoples and ecosystems purportedly being "protected," do we in fact have protection?

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Chief Stewart Phillip arrives at Kinder Morgan protest

Chief Stewart Phillip arrives at Kinder Morgan protest | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has arrived at the ongoing Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain.
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"We are making a very clear public statement that we do not support the Harper and Clark governments when it comes to resources," he said.

Phillip said that he supported Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan in his stand against the company's exploration on the mountain, adding that this would be the first time in Canadian history a local government bylaw would have been overruled on a land use issue.

 

"If push comes to shove, " Phillip said. "I'd be arrested in solidarity."

 
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Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
With Lake Powell, the Colorado River reservoir, at historic lows, kayakers have new channels to explore. But alarm about drought in the West is rising.
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Welcome, Oglala Lakota County! The Story Behind the Story

Welcome, Oglala Lakota County! The Story Behind the Story | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
On November 4, residents of Shannon County, South Dakota, voted by a four-to-one margin to change the county name to Oglala Lakota County.
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U.S. Indian school's fundraising letters sent to millions signed by fictitious kids

U.S. Indian school's fundraising letters sent to millions signed by fictitious kids | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
A charity in South Dakota uses fictitious accounts of beaten and abandoned Native American children to raise money.
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Blackfeet Battle Oil & Gas Developer for Sacred Badger–Two Medicine Origin Site

Blackfeet Battle Oil & Gas Developer for Sacred Badger–Two Medicine Origin Site | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
The Blackfoot Confederacy is vigorously opposing proposed energy development in the sacred Badger–Two Medicine area, located at the wild intersection of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex in Montana.Home to the Blackfeet origin story, the Badger–Two Medicine cradles sacred mountains with powerful names such as Morning Star, Scarface and Spotted Eagle—names drawn straight from the beginnings of Blackfeet culture.It’s a place of power, where America’s prairie runs headlong into the Rocky Mountains, and it is known as Miistakis, the Backbone of the World, where the Blackfeet began. This is the place of the Sun Dance, the Medicine Lodge, the wolf and wolverine, and the grizzly bear.“It’s a wild, undeveloped landscape in a very sensitive area of wildlife habitat, grizzly bears, wolverines, elk, native trout and a major recreational area for hiking, horse packing, hunting,” said Tim Preso, an attorney with the ecology law firm Earthjustice.The public interest environmental law firm is representing Blackfeet alliances, and environmental and wildlife organizations who have applied for intervenor status in U.S. District Court to oppose a challenge brought by Solenex LLC, a company seeking to develop a 6,200-acre federal oil and gas lease in the region.“It’s the site of many foundational stories about [the Blackfeet] people, and it’s an active site for gathering of medicinal herbs for traditional religious ceremonies,” Preso said. “For that reason the region has been recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior National Historic Preservation Act as of immense importance to the Blackfeet Nation.”The region has a long history of federal protections, dating back more than a century to the creation of Glacier National Park (1910), the Sun River Game Preserve (1913) and the Bob Marshall Wilderness (1964). These designations have been complemented by the ban on future leases in a 2006 law introduced by then Senator Conrad Burns, R-Montana, the prohibition on motorized use, and the establishment of a Traditional Cultural District.The 1980s Reagan-era leases—which the tribes show violate both the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act—stand out on this conservation timeline as a dramatic inconsistency, and were granted without either tribal consultation or review of cultural resources.“The government issued orders that suspended any oil development, but it did not stop re-leases,” said Preso. Some 18 leases remain.A Louisiana oilman issued a federal oil and gas lease more than 30 years ago (over the objections of Blackfeet tribal members, wildlife biologists, hunters, and Montanans from across the state) and then, denied the right to explore his property, sued Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and other Interior Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials in June 2013.His company, Solenex LLC, demanded immediate approval by a federal judge to order the government to lift the suspension so that he could gain access for his drill rigs. He plans miles of roads, trucker bridges across sacred mountain rivers, well pads and the disturbance of many acres at the very heart of the Traditional Cultural District.Blackfoot Confederacy battles in court to save sacred origin site Badger-Two Medicine from oil & gas industrial destruction.
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Tribes Say CalTrans Illegally Destroying Historical Sites for Bypass

Tribes Say CalTrans Illegally Destroying Historical Sites for Bypass | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
Pomo tribes in Northern California say CalTrans is illegally destroying historic sites to construct a 5.9-mile bypass around Willits.
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Cleanup wrapping up at reservation bombing range

Cleanup wrapping up at reservation bombing range | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
Seventy-two years after it began using the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for target practice, the federal government is nearly finished cleaning up a dangerous section of the mess left behind.
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How Native Americans Beat the Kochs in ‘America’s Most Competitive’ Congressional District

How Native Americans Beat the Kochs in ‘America’s Most Competitive’ Congressional District | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
Cook, Rothenburg and other pundits had labeled Arizona Congressional District 1 as one of the most competitive in America, and the Koch Brothers and others poured in nearly $10 million to affect the ...
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This story is told from the perspective of Navajo County. Though it is almost exactly the size of Massachusetts, it is a relatively small part of the district -- which is actually the largest district in the U.S. that is not an entire state. The county takes in portions of the Apache reservations in the south (the size of Connecticut) and stretches into the Navajo Nation (the size of West Virginia) in the north. Between them are off-Reservation towns, with some infused with Mormon TEA Party craziness. Surrounded by the Navajo Nation is the Hopi Reservation, the size of Delaware.

 
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The Standing Rock Sioux fight to get their children back | Al Jazeera America

The Standing Rock Sioux fight to get their children back | Al Jazeera America | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
A group of Native American grandmothers in both North and South Dakota work to get their grandkids out of foster care
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This Is What Modern Day Discrimination Against Native Americans Looks Like

This Is What Modern Day Discrimination Against Native Americans Looks Like | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
The problems start as early as childhood education.
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The Importance of Simple Things

The Importance of Simple Things | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
The Importance of Simple Things The negative impact of industrial scale renewables on people & ecosystems in the California desert
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Presidential Candidate in Navajo Nation Protests a Language Requirement

Presidential Candidate in Navajo Nation Protests a Language Requirement | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
Chris Deschene, a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives, has struggled to speak his tribe’s language in his campaign for president of the Navajo Nation.
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For now, the Navajo language remains prevalent on the reservation, heard in casual exchanges at variety stores as well as at the Navajo Supreme Court hearing on Friday. While most of the arguments were conducted in Navajo, Mr. Deschene spoke largely in English, arguing that the law requiring the president to speak Navajo was discriminatory and did not “invite a new generation of leaders to participate.

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U.S. to pay Navajo tribe $554 million in landmark settlement

U.S. to pay Navajo tribe $554 million in landmark settlement | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - The Obama administration has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle longstanding claims by America's largest Indian tribe that its funds and natural resources were
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BENEATH THE COVERS: The real story behind The New Yorker’s Thanksgiving/Redskins cover ['So arrogant and clueless' a mascot 'that it lends itself to some kind of exposure']

BENEATH THE COVERS: The real story behind The New Yorker’s Thanksgiving/Redskins cover ['So arrogant and clueless' a mascot 'that it lends itself to some kind of exposure'] | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly says an immigrant's view brings clarity to controversy -- and 'indefensible' team name.
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'Above the law': Responding to domestic violence on Indian reservations | PBS NewsHour

'Above the law': Responding to domestic violence on Indian reservations | PBS NewsHour | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
Native women in the U.S. face some of the highest levels of violence of any group. The Justice Department says acts of sexual assault against Native American women are most frequently committed by non-Indian men, who are generally immune to prosecution in tribal courts. Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act last year, which gave tribal courts jurisdiction over certain domestic violence crimes committed by non-Indians. But advocates say acts of sexual violence on Indian reservation
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Report Bolsters Attack on FCC Licenses Over "Redskins" Indian Children Suffer Extreme Violence From Non-Indians | Pechanga.net

Report Bolsters Attack on FCC Licenses Over "Redskins" Indian Children Suffer Extreme Violence From Non-Indians | Pechanga.net | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it

 The report says these Indian children experience post-traumatic stress disorder at the same rate as veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and triple the rate of the general population.
 

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"Day in and day out . . . American Indian and Alaska Native children suffer exposure to violence at rates higher than any other race in the United States," the report says. The result is "increased rates of altered neurological development, poor physical and mental health, poor school performance, substance abuse, and overrepresentation in the juvenile justice system," the report concluded.

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Voters on Pine Ridge Reservation approve county name change

Voters on Pine Ridge Reservation approve county name change | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
The referendum to adopt Oglala Lakota County passed with 80 percent of the vote.
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The county is named for Peter Shannon, who was the Chief Justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme Court in the late 1800s. He served on a federal land commission to force the Sioux tribes to negotiate away their lands.

 

“Peter Shannon was the one who laid the groundwork for the Dawes Act. He set on a commission that went as far as recruiting the signatures of 5 year olds in order to pass an agreement on lands. The commission’s findings were presented to Henry Dawes and helped shape the idea behinds the Dawes Act,” Killer told The Native Sun News. “When there is that level of atrocity associated with the history there is a need to make a change.” 

 


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House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War

House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
November 14, 2014 by Wica Agli Rosebud, SD - In response to today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal President ann...
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Teen Rinelle Harper 'left for dead' after being attacked twice

Teen Rinelle Harper 'left for dead' after being attacked twice | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy have been charged with attempted murder after Rinelle Harper was twice attacked and "left for dead" during a violent assault that took place on the banks of the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg, police say.
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PINE, Ore.: Indians seek decent housing by their beloved river | National | Idahostatesman.com

PINE, Ore.: Indians seek decent housing by their beloved river | National | Idahostatesman.com | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
Bernadette Grace’s trailer, tidy and small, is well hidden behind a larger trailer charred and strewn with trash. It’s far enough from the communal restroom and shower without doors, where addicts have cooked meth and drunks linger after dark. But close enough to the icy waters that sustain her.
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American Indians won the right to vote in 1924, but some officials still haven't gotten the message

American Indians won the right to vote in 1924, but some officials still haven't gotten the message | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it

Attempting to keep American Indians away from the ballot box has been going on ever since the majority of Indians gained the right to vote 89 years ago. In court, Indians have often prevailed in their efforts to stop this racist discrimination. In fact, just last Monday, a Supreme Court ruling was made in favor of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, an organization of the state's 20 tribes.

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Navajo President Vetoes Language-Fluency Changes

Navajo President Vetoes Language-Fluency Changes | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
The president of the Navajo Nation dealt a major setback to a candidate for the tribe's top elected post when he vetoed a bill to let voters decide whether presidential hopefuls are proficient in the Navajo language. Tribal law requires that anyone seeking the presidency speak fluent Navajo...
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Running Strong begins new grant for Native youth

Running Strong begins new grant for Native youth | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
On the 50th anniversary of his Olympic win Tuesday, Oglala Lakota runner Billy Mills announced a new grant program for American Indian youth.
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Alaska Supreme Court decision effectively blocks Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act

Alaska Supreme Court decision effectively blocks Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it
Anchorage, AK: On September 12, 2014, the Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision that will effectively bar most Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act...
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“This court has placed an almost insurmountable burden on Alaska families trying to adopt Native children of their own tribe,” said Ana Hoffman, AFN Co-Chair.  “Hiring an attorney and dealing with faraway courts is very, very difficult here in rural Alaska.   I strongly urge the Alaska Supreme Court to reconsider its decision for the success of our Alaska Native children.”

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Canada is desperate to treaty up in B.C.

Canada is desperate to treaty up in B.C. | Indigenous Sovereignty | Scoop.it

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said the government is increasing efforts to settle land claims with aboriginal groups to ease opposition to resource projects such as pipelines.

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