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Bolsonaro election leaves indigenous Brazilians afraid for their land

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's indigenous peoples have long battled to protect their ancestral lands and native cultures -- but the election of far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has sparked concerns that hard-won rights could be eroded.

Chile to ask British Museum to return extinct mammal remains

Santiago - Chile announced on Sunday that it will ask the British Museum in London to return the remains of a mylodon, an extinct mammal that lived in Patagonia about 10,000 years ago.

Protecting nature the best way to keep planet cool: report

Paris - The best -- and fairest -- way to cap global warming is to empower indigenous forest peoples, reduce food waste and slash meat consumption, an alliance of 38 NGOs said Monday.

Maya women's rights activist murdered in Guatemala

Guatemala City - An ethnic Maya woman who advocated for the rights of indigenous people was gunned down by unknown assailants in western Guatemala, her support network and local media said Saturday.

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts -- with new quotas

Florianopolis - The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting -- but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.

IWC vote backs new quotas for aboriginal whale hunts

Florianopolis - In a rare moment Wednesday, the International Whaling Commission voted overwhelmingly to back whale hunting, but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.

Court blocks construction of Canada pipeline to Pacific

Ottawa - A Canadian court on Thursday quashed the government's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline to the Pacific, siding with indigenous people worried that increased tanker traffic will harm whales along the coast.

Map of 250 indigenous massacres reveals Australia's violent past

Sydney - An online map which has so far documented 250 massacres of indigenous peoples after Australia was colonised by the British is set to be expanded, researchers said Friday, as they seek to uncover the country's dark past.

Wildfires, drought hit Sweden's Sami reindeer herders

Stockholm - Sweden's unprecedented drought and devastating wildfires are destroying vital grazing pastureland for indigenous Sami reindeer herders, whose livelihoods are already under attack from mining and logging as global warming changes the face of the Arctic....

In Colombia, human rights activists live in constant fear

Caloto - One day after Luis Dagua last left his farm in Colombia's southwest his body was found, his head shattered with a rock.He was a 64-year-old farmer and rights activist and left behind four children.

Apache woman, in odd twist, has key to new US border wall

San Benito - Eloisa Tamez is Lipan Apache and her ancestors owned her shrinking parcel of desert on the US border a century before the war that imposed the boundary between Mexico and Texas.

As Mexico goes to the polls, indigenous enclaves go their own way

Cher - As Mexicans prepare to cast their ballots Sunday, the people of Nahuatzen, an indigenous village tucked into the country's western mountains, are busy blocking the street with bonfires to keep out electoral authorities.

Mexico indigenous group vows election boycott in land dispute

Huilacatitlan - Members of Mexico's Wixarika indigenous group threatened Wednesday to boycott the country's upcoming elections and block all access to their communities if vast swathes of their ancestral lands are not returned.

Tribal protesters march on Brazil congress over land threats

Bras - About 2,000 members of Brazil's indigenous tribes, decked out in traditional feathers and body paint, marched Thursday on Congress to demand protection for ancestral lands from ever expanding farm businesses.

Two wanted in Peru over lynching of Canadian for shaman murder

- Peruvian police hunted Tuesday for two men wanted in connection with the lynching of a Canadian man suspected of killing an elderly female shaman in a remote part of the country's Amazon rainforest.

Peru hunts 2 over lynching of Canadian for shaman murder

- Peruvian police searched Tuesday for two men over the lynching of a Canadian suspected of killing an elderly shaman in the Amazon, judicial sources said Tuesday.

Canadian found dead after murder of Peru indigenous leader

- Peruvian prosecutors have opened an investigation into the apparent lynching of a Canadian national thought to have shot dead an indigenous leader in a remote area of the Amazon.

In Chile, suspected Mapuche activists torch 16 trucks, diggers

Santiago - Sixteen trucks and diggers were torched overnight in southern Chile, police said Monday, in an area where indigenous Mapuche activists are demanding the return of their ancestral land.

Aboriginal abuse victim throttles himself in Games protest

Gold Coast - An Aboriginal man whose abuse in custody shocked Australia tried to throttle himself in the back of a police van following angry protests at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.

UN schemes to save forests 'can trample on tribal rights'

Paris - The only UN-approved financial mechanism to curb deforestation, a key driver of global warming, has bulldozed the rights of forest-dwelling peoples on three continents and needs to be fixed, experts say.

Australia still struggling to improve Aboriginal lives, report says

Sydney - Australia is making some progress in improving health and education among its indigenous population, an annual report said Monday, but it is still missing most targets to reduce Aboriginal disadvantage a decade after launching a major campaign.

Thousands protest 'Invasion Day' on Australia's national day

Melbourne - Tens of thousands of people marched across Australia Friday in an "Invasion Day" protest calling for a rethink of the national day they say is offensive to indigenous people.

Amazon's indigenous people 'never so threatened': pope

Puerto Maldonado - Pope Francis sounded a stark warning about the future of the Amazon and its peoples during a visit to the region on Friday, saying they had "never been so threatened.

Amazon's indigenous people 'never so threatened': pope

Puerto Maldonado - Pope Francis sounded a stark warning about the future of the Amazon and its peoples during a visit to the region on Friday, saying they had "never been so threatened.

Amazon's indigenous people 'never so threatened': pope

Puerto Maldonado - Pope Francis sounded a stark warning about the future of the Amazon and its peoples during a visit to the region on Friday, saying they had "never been so threatened.

Pope's S. American visit to cast light on region's indigenous

Santiago - When Pope Francis steps off his Alitalia plane at the start of a visit to South America next week, he will cast a rare global spotlight on the plight of the region's indigenous people.

Vatican returns shrunken 'warrior' head to Ecuador

Vatican City - The Vatican museum has returned a shrunken head to Ecuador, relinquishing the wizened cranium of an Amazon warrior nearly 100 years after it was taken by a missionary.

5,000 indigenous Mexicans forced from homes in land war

Gutierrez - More than 5,000 indigenous Mexicans including pregnant women, sick children and the elderly have been forced to flee their homes because of a land war between rival villages, authorities said Thursday.

Mexico drug cartels force-recruiting indigenous children: UN

Mexico - Mexican drug cartels are forcing indigenous children and teens to join their ranks, torturing or killing those who refuse, the United Nations warned Friday.

Mexican girls fight violence with boys' own game: football

San Felipe Del Progreso - Guadalupe Garcia, an indigenous Mexican woman, was working as a maid when she fell in love -- not with her boss, like a hackneyed telenovela plot, but with football.
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