indigenous rights

Brazil Moves to Open Indigenous Lands to Mining

Brazil Moves to Open Indigenous Lands to Mining

By Sue Branford and Maurício Torres For many years, international and Brazilian mining companies have dreamed of getting access to the mineral wealth lying beneath indigenous lands. And finally, the government of Jair Bolsonaro seems determined to give them that opportunity. On March 4, while Brazilians were distracted by Carnival celebrations, the new Minister of […]

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    Trump Administration Drills Down on Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

    Trump Administration Drills Down on Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

    By Tim Lydon The Trump administration is barreling ahead with plans to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest refuge in the country and an area of global ecological importance. Many refer to the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge—the very place where oil drilling is being planned—as the “American Serengeti.” […]

    9 Things You Need to Know About the Pipeline Blockade in B.C.

    9 Things You Need to Know About the Pipeline Blockade in B.C.

    By Zoë Ducklow 1. Where Is the Unist’ot’en blockade, and What’s It About? The gated checkpoint is on a forest service road about 120 kilometers southwest of Smithers in Unist’ot’en territory at the Morice River Bridge. Two natural gas pipelines are to cross the bridge to serve LNG terminals in Kitimat. Unist’ot’en is a clan […]

    14 Indigenous Activists Arrested in Canadian Pipeline Standoff

    14 Indigenous Activists Arrested in Canadian Pipeline Standoff

    A standoff between indigenous activists and TransCanada over a proposed natural gas pipeline in British Columbia (BC) came to a head Monday as Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stormed a checkpoint set up by protesters to block construction, arresting 14, The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) National News reported Tuesday. The RCMP were enforcing a […]

    ‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

    ‘There Will Be an Increase in Deforestation’: Brazil’s New President Signs Order Endangering Amazon and Indigenous Rights

    In his first day in office, right wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro realized the fears of environmentalists and Indigenous communities. They knew he would use his time in office to increase the access of extractive industries in the Amazon Rainforest. Within hours of taking power Tuesday, Bolsonaro transferred responsibility for recognizing Indigenous lands to the […]

    How Native and White Communities Make Alliances to Protect the Earth

    How Native and White Communities Make Alliances to Protect the Earth

    By Mary Annette Pember Resistance to the North Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock brought greater media and public attention to Native peoples and our struggles with environmental injustice. It also provided a means for the public to express fears over the environmental threats posed to the Earth by unchecked corporate and governmental exploitation of […]

    Canada as Ugly Neighbor: Mines in BC Would Devastate Alaskan Tribes

    Canada as Ugly Neighbor: Mines in BC Would Devastate Alaskan Tribes

    By Ramin Pejan Mining operations in Canada are threatening to destroy the way of life of Southeast Alaskan Tribes who were never consulted about the mines by the governments of Canada or British Columbia. The Tribes have depended for millennia upon the pristine watersheds of the Taku, Stikine and Unuk rivers. These waters flow through […]