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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.

Ecuador resumes oil exports curbed by protests

Quito - Ecuador on Sunday said it had resumed crude oil exports curbed by violent protests that forced several wells in the Amazon to halt operations.

Colombia's indigenous on guard against armed groups

Torib - Luis Acosta talks softly but carries a big stick -- it's the way of the jungle paths of his native Colombia -- and though his word holds weight in his indigenous community, his stick, a tasseled staff, is purely symbolic.

Tourists surge at Uluru before Australia bans climb

Sydney - Large numbers of tourists are rushing to scale Uluru -- also known as Ayers Rock -- ahead of a looming ban on climbing a site sacred to indigenous Australians.

Clashes at protests in Ecuador over fuel price hike, oil facilities seized

Machachi - Protesters clashed with Ecuadoran forces Monday as they marched toward the capital to demonstrate against soaring fuel prices, with the government announcing three oil facilities had been seized, slashing production by 12 percent.

Clashes as indigenous march on Ecuador capital over fuel price hike

Machachi - Hundreds of indigenous people and farmers clashed with Ecuadoran security forces Monday as they marched toward the capital Quito to protest against rising fuel prices.

Britain's 'regret' at Maori killings when Cook landed

Wellington - Britain's top diplomat in New Zealand made a low-key "expression of regret" to Maori on Wednesday over deadly clashes that occurred when Captain James Cook's arrived in New Zealand 250 years ago.

Climate change threatens first peoples, body and soul

Paris - When global warming swallows up the postage stamp island of Warraber, forcing its 300 residents to find a new home, "it will not just be the loss of our land, but also a piece of us that is washed away," says Kabay Tamu.

Brazil tribal chief Raoni rejects Bolsonaro's criticism

Bras - Brazilian tribal chief Raoni on Wednesday hit back at President Jair Bolsonaro's criticism of him at the United Nations, saying the far-right leader should leave "before something serious happens.

Civil rights pioneer Chief Standing Bear honored in US Capitol

Washington - Chief Standing Bear, the courageous Ponca leader whose 19th century defense of Native American equality made him a civil rights hero, was honored Wednesday with a statue in the US Capitol.

Review: TIFF 2019: ‘Kuessipan’ is about the strength of female friendship Special

‘Kuessipan’ is the story of two young women whose lifelong friendship is tested by new relationships and diverging futures.

Tribal leaders in Brazil call for legalization of wildcat mining

Members of an indigenous tribe in the Amazon in northern Brazil on Friday called for wildcat miners to be allowed to prospect for gold on their land, saying it was a source of income.

Aztec ballgame returns to Mexico City after 500 years

Mexico - Five centuries ago, newly arrived in what is now Mexico, the Spanish conquistadors banned an indigenous game involving a heavy ball, circular stone goals and human sacrifice.

Brazil tribal chief Raoni slams Bolsonaro over Amazon fires

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's legendary indigenous chief Raoni on Friday accused President Jair Bolsonaro of wanting to destroy the Amazon rainforest and called for international help to put out fires raging in the region.

Brazil tribal women protest Bolsonaro's 'genocidal policies'

Bras - Thousands of tribal women decorated with feathers and body paint marched on Brazil's capital Tuesday denouncing the "genocidal policies" of President Jair Bolsonaro, who faces growing criticism over destruction of the Amazon.

Brazil tribal chief's body to be exhumed for autopsy: official

Rio De Janeiro - The body of a tribal chief allegedly murdered deep inside the Amazon in northern Brazil will be exhumed for an autopsy, officials said Wednesday, following international outcry over his death.

UN condemns killing of Brazil tribal chief amid doubts over murder

Rio De Janeiro - The United Nations on Monday condemned the "reprehensible" murder of a tribal chief in northern Brazil, even as President Jair Bolsonaro and investigators cast doubt on whether the killing was deliberate.

Bolsonaro says 'no strong evidence' tribal chief was murdered

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday there is no "strong evidence" that a tribal chief found dead in the Amazon was murdered, as police probe the killing in the remote region.

Brazil police probe tribal leader's killing, village invasion

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil deployed police to a remote Amazon village on Sunday after reports it had been overrun by armed miners following the murder of an indigenous leader, officials and tribal chiefs said.
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