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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.

Call to change, not tear down, Australia's colonial statues

Sydney - A war of words over colonial-era statues in Australia took a further twist Tuesday with calls for the addition of plaques acknowledging the nation's indigenous history after several monuments were defaced.

Australian PM slams 'Stalinist' critics of colonial statues

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday dismissed calls to change colonial-era monuments and the date of Australia Day as "Stalinist" exercises in rewriting history as debate intensified over the country's treatment of its Aboriginal popul...

Girl meets boy: Taiwan's tribal matchmaking festival

Hualian - As night falls on a square in the village of Matai'an, young women cast critical eyes over a dancing circle of men in embroidered skirts and feathered head dresses as part of an ancient match-making ritual.

Brazilian tribes celebrate court ruling on land rights

Bras - Brazilian indigenous activists celebrated Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled against a state seeking compensation for land that had been declared tribal reserves.

Brazil's indigenous tribes to protest as court decision looms

Bras - Brazilian indigenous activists are expected to protest in the capital Brasilia on Wednesday ahead of a Supreme Court verdict that could weaken tribes' legal hold on swaths of ancestral land.

Argentina pro-indigenous activist 'forcibly disappeared': campaigners

Buenos Aires - Human rights groups said Tuesday that an activist supporting the Mapuche indigenous group in Argentina who went missing a week ago has been "forcibly disappeared" by military police.

Prominent Australian Aboriginal singer Gurrumul dies at 46

Sydney - World-renowned indigenous singer Gurrumul has died after a "long battle with illness" aged 46, his management said Wednesday, as Australians hailed his contributions to music.

Indigenous Mexicans best pros on extreme mountain run

Guachochi - In old indigenous Latin American cultures, women toil at farming and tackle family duties. Atop this remote Mexican mountain, they also slap on sandals and crush pro athletes on long-distance runs.

Ecuador designers reinvent indigenous style for modern age

Riobamba - After years of taking a backseat to Western style, indigenous fashion is re-emerging in Ecuador, thanks to a new generation of designers who are re-imagining traditional clothes."Make the turn snappy!

200 green activists killed in 2016, record toll: watchdog

Paris - At least 200 environmental campaigners and protectors -- 40 percent from indigenous tribes -- were murdered around the world in 2016, the deadliest year on record, the watchdog organisation Global Witness said Thursday.

Dynamite fishing, drugs, threaten Myanmar's 'sea gypsies'

- With a swift breath the teenage boy dives into the turquoise waters of southern Myanmar, a spear clutched in his hand, but below him lies nothing but a graveyard of broken, grey coral.
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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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Australian Aboriginals at a tribal ceremony, 2013
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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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Protestors along Darlingurst Road, Kings Cross.
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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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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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Bishop Erwin Kräutler (centre) marches against the Belo Monte dam. ©Prelazia do Xingu
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NAIDOC Week 2012 Hyde Park launch event - dancing.
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The film 'Birdwatchers' highlights the plight of the Guarani Kaiowá Indians in Brazil. © M. Hippenmeyer

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