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Biden taps Haaland as first Native American to run Interior

Washington - US President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his environment team Thursday, choosing congresswoman Deb Haaland to serve as the first Native American interior secretary and Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor, as energy secretary.

Colombian village offers hope for indigenous gay men

Leticia - Growing up in an indigenous village in the Colombian Amazon, Junior Sangama long hid his sexuality -- before clashing with his family and choosing to leave.

Aboriginal group urges mining 'reset' after ancient site destroyed

Perth - Aboriginal landowners have called for a "reset" in Australia's lucrative mining sector after an inquiry pilloried Rio Tinto for blowing up a 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

Amazon leaders deliver illegal mining petition to Brazil Congress

Bras - Indigenous leaders delivered a petition of more than 400,000 signatures to the Brazilian Congress on Thursday, demanding the removal of illegal miners from Yanomami land in the Amazon they say are spreading the coronavirus to vulnerable communities.

Virus 'out of control' among Brazil's Yanomami people

S - The spread of the new coronavirus is "completely out of control" on the Yanomami indigenous reservation in Brazil, where cases have nearly quadrupled in three months, according to a report published Thursday.

New Zealand gets tattooed Maori foreign minister, gay deputy PM

Wellington - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled what she called an "incredibly diverse" cabinet Monday that includes New Zealand's first openly gay deputy prime minister and a foreign minister with a Maori facial tattoo.

US firms fund deforestation, abuses in Amazon: report

Rio De Janeiro - Major US financial firms are helping fund environmental destruction and indigenous rights abuses in the Amazon with billions of dollars in investments in questionable companies, according to a report published Tuesday.

Mapuche people divided over benefits of Chile referendum

Santiago - As millions of Chileans have rallied over the last year against the government and for greater equality, the flag of the Mapuche indigenous people has often fluttered overhead.

Thousands of indigenous Colombians march on Bogota demanding end to violence

Apo - Thousands of indigenous Colombians arrived in the country's capital on Sunday, demanding a meeting with President Ivan Duque and an end to growing violence in their territories.

Ecuador indigenous group sues president for crimes against humanity

Quito - Ecuador's largest indigenous organization filed a lawsuit Monday against President Lenin Moreno and other authorities for alleged crimes against humanity committed during protests last October which left 10 people dead.

Thousands of indigenous people march to end Colombian violence

Cali - Thousands of indigenous people demonstrated in southwestern Colombia on Monday demanding an end to violence, on the day commemorating Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.

Montreal rally calls for 'justice' after indigenous woman's death

Montr - Thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday in Montreal to denounce what they said was systemic racism, after an indigenous woman filmed herself being insulted by nurses before dying in the hospital.Shouting "Justice for Joyce!

Chief Raoni condemns Bolsonaro 'lie' on Amazon fires

Rio De Janeiro - Chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the most iconic defenders of the Amazon, condemned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday for blaming wildfires devastating the rainforest on indigenous people.

South Africa's indigenous Khoisan seek better recognition

Pretoria - A giant bronze statue of Nelson Mandela overlooks a big black tarpaulin tent that has become a fixture on the emerald lawns of the South African president's office in Pretoria.

Aboriginal owners decry 'corporate vandalism' after sacred site destruction

Sydney - The traditional owners of an ancient Aboriginal site in Australia blown up by Rio Tinto accused the mining giant of a "shocking act of corporate vandalism" Friday in their first public comment on the incident.

Google removes street view virtual tour of Australia's Uluru

Sydney - Google has removed images from its Street View that allowed users to virtually walk on Australia's Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site closed to tourists since last year, the company said Friday.

Rio Tinto bosses resign over destruction of ancient Aborginal site

Sydney - Rio Tinto announced the resignation of its CEO and two top lieutenants Friday over the mining giant's destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand an iron ore mine in Australia.

Indigenous Brazilians launch coronavirus tracing app

S - Indigenous and environmental organizations in Brazil launched an app on Friday aimed at alerting indigenous communities to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in their lands.

Amazon indigenous protesters end roadblock

Rio De Janeiro - Indigenous protesters who blocked a key highway through the Brazilian Amazon demanding help against deforestation and the coronavirus pandemic said Thursday they were suspending their protest after a judge ordered the government to respond.

Rio Tinto CEO forfeits millions over destruction of Aboriginal site

Sydney - Mining giant Rio Tinto stripped its CEO of US$3.5 million Monday after the company destroyed a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site to expand an iron ore mine in Australia.

Amazon indigenous protesters vow indefinite roadblock

Terra Nova - Armed with spears and bows, dozens of indigenous protesters in Brazil vowed Thursday to maintain a roadblock on a key highway until the authorities listen to their demands for help fighting COVID-19 and deforestation.

Peru promises Amazon investment after indigenous deaths

- Peru promised on Monday to invest in its Amazon region, which is a focal point of the coronavirus pandemic, following the death of three indigenous protesters in clashes with police.

Bishop who defended indigenous people dies in Brazil aged 92

Rio De Janeiro - The Spanish bishop Pedro Casaldaliga, a fervent defender of the indigenous people of the Amazon, died Saturday at the age of 92 in Brazil, where he had been living since 1968, his office said.

Virus kills leading Brazil indigenous chief Aritana

Bras - One of Brazil's leading indigenous chiefs, Aritana Yawalapiti, died Wednesday of respiratory complications caused by COVID-19, his family said.

Brazil's indigenous chief Raoni in 'stable' condition

Rio De Janeiro - Indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, one of the Amazon rainforest's best-known defenders, is "stable" after receiving a blood transfusion in hospital, his institute said Sunday.

Brazil's indigenous chief Raoni hospitalized in weakened state

Rio De Janeiro - Indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, one of the Amazon rainforest's best-known defenders, was transferred between hospitals Saturday due to weakness and a "worsening" state of health, one of the medical facilities said.

Virus poses cultural threat to Brazil's Amazon people

Boa Vista - In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, the advance of COVID-19 presents indigenous people with a cruel cultural dilemma -- remain in their villages with little medical help, or seek safety in the city and risk being deprived of their ancestral funeral r...

Amazon indigenous groups face choice: fight virus or flee

Matupa - Cruzeirinho, a small indigenous village of wooden shacks deep in the Amazon, is nearly empty these days -- all but five of its 32 families have fled into the rainforest to escape the coronavirus pandemic.

Rio Tinto launches probe after destroying ancient Aboriginal site

Sydney - Mining giant Rio Tinto launched a high-level review of its operations in Western Australia on Friday after the company blew up a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

Iconic Amazon indigenous chief Paiakan dies of virus

Rio De Janeiro - One of the most iconic defenders of the Amazon rainforest, indigenous chief Paulinho Paiakan, died after contracting the new coronavirus, activists said Wednesday.
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Bishop Erwin Kräutler (centre) marches against the Belo Monte dam. ©Prelazia do Xingu
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The Nukak need 'special attention' to survive, according to the report. ©D Hill/ Survival
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The film 'Birdwatchers' highlights the plight of the Guarani Kaiowá Indians in Brazil. © M. Hippenmeyer
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Australian Aboriginals at a tribal ceremony, 2013
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Kings Cross rally to protest against shooting of aboriginal teens.
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