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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.

Amazon missionaries' new helicopter triggers backlash

Rio De Janeiro - Indigenous rights group Survival International condemned a US missionary organization Wednesday for a project to use a helicopter to try to evangelize isolated tribes in the Brazilian Amazon.

Children die of malnutrition in northern Argentina

Salta - In parched and dusty villages in northern Argentina, children have been dying of hunger and disease linked to a lack of clean water and nutrition, despite living in one of Latin America's richest economies.

Indigenous protests escalate after Canada rail blockades cleared

Ottawa - Two days after police cleared an indigenous blockade of a key Canadian rail artery east of Toronto, protesters were back Wednesday lighting fires on tracks and throwing rocks at passing trains.

Australia admits 'national shame' of failing to help Aboriginals

Sydney - A pledge to close the health and wellbeing gap between Aboriginal and other Australians is failing, the government admitted Wednesday, describing the situation as a source of "national shame".

Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes bill opening indigenous land to mining

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday introduced a controversial bill that opens up indigenous lands, many of them in the Amazon, to mining, agricultural activities and hydraulic energy production.

Rights groups denounce 'massacre' of Nicaragua indigenous community

Managua - At least six indigenous people were killed and another 10 are missing in northeast Nicaragua following a "massacre" of a protected community by armed outsiders, rights groups said on Thursday.

Fight for survival: Photographer Claudia Andujar defends Brazil's Yanomami

S - Swiss-born photographer Claudia Andujar has spent five decades fighting to protect the rights of Brazil's Yanomami tribe. But the feisty octogenarian says her battle is not over.

Thousands rally across Australia for 'Invasion Day' protests

Melbourne - Thousands of people joined Invasion Day protests in cities across Australia Sunday to mark the beginning of British colonisation of the vast continent.

Amazon indigenous leaders accuse Brazil of 'genocide' policy

Matupa - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's pledge to open up the Amazon to mining companies was tantamount to "genocide", indigenous leaders said Friday at a meeting to oppose the government's environmental policies.

Brazil's govt to propose oil exploration on indigenous land: media

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's government will propose legalizing oil and gas exploration as well as hydroelectric dam construction on indigenous land, a report said Saturday, citing a draft of a bill to be sent to Congress.

A Mexican indigenous town's environmental revolt

Cher - When illegal logging turned their green, pine-covered hills into an ecological wasteland, the people of the Mexican indigenous town of Cheran decided to arm themselves with rifles and reclaim their land.

Four get 50-year terms in Honduras for activist murder

Tegucigalpa - A court in Honduras on Monday sentenced four men to 50 years in prison for the 2016 murder of high-profile environmental activist Berta Caceres -- a slaying that sparked international outrage.

Indigenous leaders urge EU to protect forest homeland

Paris - Brazilian indigenous leaders pleaded Tuesday with European lawmakers to protect the Amazon and the communities living there, warning that the West's insatiable appetite was risking the health of the planet.

Outrage over killing of 'forest guardian' in Brazil's Amazon

S - Activists expressed outrage Sunday at the killing of an indigenous "guardian of the forest" in Brazil's Amazon and called on the government to thwart illegal loggers in the region.

Celebrations at Uluru after climbers permanently banned

Indigenous Australians performed songs and traditional dance as the sun set over Uluru on Sunday, capping a weekend of celebrations to mark the historic ban on climbing the sacred site.
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The Nukak need 'special attention' to survive, according to the report. ©D Hill/ Survival
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Kings Cross rally to protest against shooting of aboriginal teens.
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NAIDOC Week 2012 Hyde Park launch event - dancing.
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Bishop Erwin Kräutler (centre) marches against the Belo Monte dam. ©Prelazia do Xingu
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