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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.

For Amazon tribe, rainforest is a whole world

Serra Do Navio - When Japarupi Waiapi looks into the dense foliage of the Amazon rainforest, he sees the equivalent of a supermarket, pharmacy, furniture store -- and that's just the beginning.Food like coconuts, roots and bananas grows plentifully.

Beer o'clock in the Amazon: the tribe that loves to party

Serra Do Navio - Deep in the Amazon rainforest, it's that time again -- beer o'clock.Members of the tiny, remote Waiapi tribe in Brazil's eastern Amazon raise calabash gourds to their painted faces and quaff the homemade brew they call caxiri.

Climbing Australia's giant red rock Uluru banned

Sydney - Climbing the world's largest monolith Uluru was banned Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a "theme park", undermining the giant red rock's deep cultural significance.

Workers flock to coffee harvest in Colombia

Ciudad Bol - The coffee crop splashes the green mountains of Colombia with red, attracting a floating workforce of indigenous people in the fields of South America's second-largest producer after Brazil.

Honduran state, power company, involved in activist murder: experts

Tegucigalpa - State agents and energy company executives participated in the murder of a Honduran environmentalist who opposed the building of a power plant on indigenous land, international experts said Tuesday.

Remote Amazon tribe tries to straddle two worlds

Serra Do Navio - Transfixed, tribal villagers in Brazil's Amazon rainforest look up, pointing at the sky."Airplane!" says one.

Chile acquits Mapuche defendants over arson deaths

Santiago - A Chilean court Wednesday acquitted 11 Mapuche people accused of terrorism over an arson attack that killed an elderly couple, part of a series of indigenous rights protests.

Chile acquits Mapuche defendants over arson deaths

Santiago - A Chilean court Wednesday acquitted 11 Mapuche people accused of terrorism over an arson attack that killed an elderly couple, part of a series of indigenous rights protests.

A chance Amazon encounter, then a tribe's near extinction

Serra Do Navio - Tzako Waiapi remembers perfectly the day he first stumbled across white men while hunting in the Amazon rainforest: within months nearly everyone he knew had died of a mysterious sickness.

Tribe sharpens arrows against Amazon invaders

Serra Do Navio - They appear silently, seemingly from nowhere: a dozen figures, naked except for bright red loincloths, blocking the dirt road.

Colombian court orders return of treasure gifted to Spain in 19th century

Bogota - Colombia's Constitutional Court Thursday ordered the government to recover more than 120 pieces of indigenous treasure given to the Spanish royal family by Colombia's president in the 19th century.

In Mexico, indigenous 'third gender' pushes boundaries

Juchitan - Estrella Velazquez towers over the crowd as she sashays in platform heels through the indigenous town of Juchitan, Mexico, seemingly impervious to the mocking catcalls behind her back.

First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched

Stockholm - Indigenous peoples could soon regain some control of their native forests with the creation of a new global institution dedicated to securing their land rights.

Another town scraps Australia Day, drawing government ire

Sydney - Marking Australia Day is like celebrating the Holocaust, a Melbourne politician said as her council scrapped a holiday it deemed offensive to Aboriginal people, in a move the government on Thursday labelled "extreme and divisive".

Brazil investigates alleged tribal massacre in Amazon

S - Regional authorities confirmed Friday the alleged massacre of several indigenous people from an uncontacted Amazonian tribe by illegal miners in northwestern Brazil, according to the Amazonia Real news agency.

Tribe near Brazil's biggest city fights to hold on

Jacuba - Located next to Sao Paulo, one of the world's biggest cities, the Guarani-Mbya tribe's reservation here was always easy to miss. Under a new law, it risks disappearing almost altogether.

Australia expands cashless welfare card to tackle alcohol, drugs

Sydney - Australia will expand the roll-out of cashless welfare cards after a pilot scheme showed a sharp drop in problem alcohol, drug and gambling abuse, the country's prime minister said Friday.
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Singer Casey Donovan (the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol when she won the second series at the age of sixteen) at the launch of NAIDOC Week 2012.
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Tommy Watson Masterpiece.
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Kings Cross rally to protest against shooting of aboriginal teens.
Kings Cross rally to protest against shooting of aboriginal teens.
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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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Visitors to Wilderness Safaris' CKGR lodge bathe in this pool – but the government bans Bushmen living nearby from using a water borehole. ©Survival
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As a result of this pre-industrial lifestyle, the Tsimané have hardly any hardening of the arteries.
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Bishop Erwin Kräutler (centre) marches against the Belo Monte dam. ©Prelazia do Xingu
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Protestors along Darlingurst Road, Kings Cross.
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NAIDOC Week 2012 Hyde Park launch event - dancing.

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