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British visit Easter Island to discuss returning sacred monolith

Santiago - A team from the British Museum arrived Tuesday on Easter Island to meet with local Polynesian people seeking the return from London of one of the most spiritually important of the Chilean island's stone monoliths.

Indigenous Australians take government to UN over climate change

Sydney - Indigenous residents of low-lying islands off northern Australia will submit a landmark complaint with the United Nations on Monday accusing the government of violating their human rights by failing to tackle climate change.

Brazil indigenous chief Raoni goes to Europe in defense of Amazon

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's legendary indigenous chief Raoni headed to Paris Sunday for the start of a three-week tour across Europe where he will meet heads of state, celebrities and the Pope to highlight growing threats to the Amazon.

Ecuador to appeal Amazon oil exploration ruling

Quito - The Ecuadoran government announced Saturday it will appeal a ruling won by the country's Waorani indigenous tribe that blocks oil companies' entry onto ancestral Amazonian lands for exploration activities.

Mapuche rappers fight for indigenous rights in Chile

Santiago - With songs like "We'll Beat the State," Chilean rappers Wechekeche Ni Trawun are on a mission to support the Mapuche indigenous people's fight for justice and land rights.

Ecuador's Waorani tribe vows to protect life in Amazon

- Spears and poisoned blowguns at hand, the Waorani people say they are ready to strike down invaders of their Amazon homelands, just like their forefathers did.

Indigenous protesters march on Brazil Congress over land rights

Bras - Thousands of indigenous people decorated with traditional feathers and body paint converged on Brazil's capital Wednesday to defend hard-won land rights many fear could be eroded by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Indigenous protesters march on Brazil Congress over land rights

Bras - Thousands of indigenous people decorated with traditional feathers and body paint converged on Brazil's capital Wednesday to defend hard-won land rights many fear could be eroded by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Illegal logging in Brazil turns Amazon into a powder keg

Altamira - A rifle resting on his shoulder, Tatji Arara looks despondent as he steps over the trunks of huge trees felled by timber traffickers in the heart of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, now the scene of numerous land conflicts.

Indigenous groups warn of 'apocalypse' with Brazil's Bolsonaro

Paris - The lives of native peoples in the Amazon are being threatened to a degree not seen in decades by the policies of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, an indigenous alliance warned Wednesday.

Germany begins 'largest' return of Aborigine remains

Munich - A German museum handed over the remains of an Aboriginal ancestral king to Australia on Tuesday in the first of three such ceremonies across Germany this month, which Canberra called a record return.

Germany begins 'largest' return of Aborigine remains

Munich - A German museum handed over the remains of an Aboriginal ancestral king to Australia Tuesday in the first of three such ceremonies across Germany this month in what Canberra called a record return.

Mexico's 'voladores' seek to keep ancestors' flying spirit alive

Papantla De Olarte - Four teenagers climb to the top of a towering pole, fasten themselves to ropes and throw themselves, headfirst and backwards, into the air.No, it's not the latest social media challenge.

Landmark Australian ruling could spark land compensation claims

Darwin - Australia's High Court on Wednesday ruled that Aboriginal owners stripped of land rights should be compensated for "spiritual harm," in a landmark ruling that could spark a slew of cases countrywide.

Trudeau's office denies any hostility with female lawmaker

Montr - The office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose image has taken a hit in recent weeks over a growing corruption scandal, denied Saturday that he acted in a hostile way toward a female lawmaker in his party.

Australia to probe hotel racial profiling claims

Sydney - The Australian government said Friday it was looking into claims that a major hotel chain had been directing staff to check Aboriginal guests into poorer-quality rooms.

Pacific's Cook Islands mulls new name

Avarua - The tiny Pacific nation of Cook Islands is considering changing its name to something that reflects its Polynesian culture, rather than honouring the British explorer James Cook.

'Invasion Day' protests draw thousands on Australia's national day

Melbourne - Thousands of Australians attended "Invasion Day" rallies across the country on Saturday calling for a rethink of national day celebrations they say are disrespectful to indigenous people.

Trump says students 'unfairly treated' over Native incident

Washington - Boys from a Catholic school in Kentucky were treated unfairly in a rush to judgment, President Donald Trump said on Monday after allegations the students had mocked a Native American elder.

Two murders of Colombian indigenous leaders in a single day

Apo - Two indigenous leaders have been killed in Colombia in under 24 hours, officials said Saturday, as a rights group warned aboriginals have increasingly been targeted since the country's right-wing president took office.

Brazil's Bolsonaro blasts govt environmental agencies

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's incoming far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took a swipe on Saturday at the government's environmental monitoring agencies, warning he would not allow them to impose "fines all over the place.

Peru's untouched indigenous tribes facing growing threats

- Just like the Sentinelese tribal people who recently killed an American who ventured onto their Indian Ocean island, Amerindians from the Amazon rainforest reject all contact with the outside world.

Ex-Guatemalan soldier gets 5,160 years' prison for civil war massacre

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court on Wednesday sentenced a former soldier to 5,160 years in prison for the massacre of 201 peasants during one of the worst atrocities of the Central American nation's civil war.

Bolsonaro election leaves indigenous Brazilians afraid for their land

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's indigenous peoples have long battled to protect their ancestral lands and native cultures -- but the election of far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has sparked concerns that hard-won rights could be eroded.

Chile to ask British Museum to return extinct mammal remains

Santiago - Chile announced on Sunday that it will ask the British Museum in London to return the remains of a mylodon, an extinct mammal that lived in Patagonia about 10,000 years ago.

Protecting nature the best way to keep planet cool: report

Paris - The best -- and fairest -- way to cap global warming is to empower indigenous forest peoples, reduce food waste and slash meat consumption, an alliance of 38 NGOs said Monday.

Maya women's rights activist murdered in Guatemala

Guatemala City - An ethnic Maya woman who advocated for the rights of indigenous people was gunned down by unknown assailants in western Guatemala, her support network and local media said Saturday.

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts -- with new quotas

Florianopolis - The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting -- but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.

IWC vote backs new quotas for aboriginal whale hunts

Florianopolis - In a rare moment Wednesday, the International Whaling Commission voted overwhelmingly to back whale hunting, but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.

Court blocks construction of Canada pipeline to Pacific

Ottawa - A Canadian court on Thursday quashed the government's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline to the Pacific, siding with indigenous people worried that increased tanker traffic will harm whales along the coast.
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