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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.

Bolsonaro using virus against indigenous people: leader

Rio De Janeiro - The impact of the new coronavirus has spared no one in Brazil, including in the Amazon rainforest, where iconic indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire accuses President Jair Bolsonaro of using the pandemic to eradicate his people.

Climate change forces Sami reindeer herders to adapt

- Once, the lynx, wolverines and eagles that preyed on their animals were the main concern for reindeer herders as they moved them to find food in the winter.

Rio Tinto admits damaging Australian Aboriginal heritage site

Sydney - Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted damaging ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in the remote Pilbara region -- blasting near the 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine.

First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe

Quito - The first case of the novel coronavirus has been detected in one of Ecuador's indigenous Amazon tribes, the health ministry said Sunday.

Coronavirus infects 38 indigenous groups in Brazil

S - The coronavirus pandemic has hit 38 indigenous groups in Brazil, raising fears for populations that have a history of being decimated by outside diseases, the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples' Association (APIB) said Friday.

Australia marks 250th anniversary of Cook landing in muted fashion

Sydney - The 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's contentious landing in Australia went largely unmarked Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of long-planned commemorative events.

Boy from isolated Amazon tribe dies after being infected with coronavirus

Bras - A Yanomami indigenous boy has died after contracting the coronavirus, authorities in Brazil said Friday, raising fears for the Amazon tribe, which is known for its vulnerability to disease.

Coronavirus reaches Yanomami people in Amazon

Bras - Brazil said Wednesday a first case of the new coronavirus had been detected among the Yanomami people, an Amazon indigenous group known for its remoteness and its vulnerability to foreign diseases.
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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.
NAIDOC Week 2012 Hyde Park launch event - dancing.
NAIDOC Week 2012 Hyde Park launch event - dancing.
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Protestors along Darlingurst Road, Kings Cross.
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Tommy Watson Masterpiece.
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The Nukak need 'special attention' to survive, according to the report. ©D Hill/ Survival
Kings Cross rally to protest against shooting of aboriginal teens.
Kings Cross rally to protest against shooting of aboriginal teens.
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Indigenous people.
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Australian Aboriginals at a tribal ceremony, 2013
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The film 'Birdwatchers' highlights the plight of the Guarani Kaiowá Indians in Brazil. © M. Hippenmeyer
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Bishop Erwin Kräutler (centre) marches against the Belo Monte dam. ©Prelazia do Xingu
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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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