New Challenges and Strategies in Defense of Land and Territory

What is happening with the land and natural wealth around the world, and to the people who depend on them? How are people responding to these trends, threats, and challenges? In an attempt to tackle these questions and building on La Via Campesina’s Maraba Declaration on Agrarian Reform, the Land Research Action Network, Global Campaign…

Brazil’s Indigenous People March Against Bolsonaro’s Policies

Indigenous peoples carried out actions throughout the country on Thursday to denounce setbacks in the rights of indigenous peoples and threats against their territories. The date marks the end of the activities of #JaneiroVermelho, national mobilization of traditional communities against the genocide of the indigenous population in Brazil and the withdrawal of rights. Several Indigenous…

Mexico: 200 Indigenous People Violently Evicted from Temporary Homes

Over 200 Indigenous Mexicans who were displaced by poverty demand justice after being illegally and violently evicted from a temporary home. A rights group denounced the eviction of more than 200 displaced indigenous people from an empty lot in the municipality of Tlapa, Mexico, by a legal representative of the owner’s property. Constancio Sanchez Campos, the legal representative, showed…

Brazil’s Indigenous People Respond to Racist Attacks of the Bolsanaro Government

Elaine Tavares The Bolsonaro government’s racist attacks on indigenous peoples, the administrative change in the Agricultural portfolio, and responsibility for the demarcation of original lands are already provoking an immediate reaction from the organized and autonomous communities that survive and struggle in the national territory. More than 500 years after the European invasion and a…

Colombia Mourns 8th Indigenous Leader Killed in 2019

A report indicates that 34 Awa indigenous leaders were killed in 2018 prompting an immediate government response. Leonardo Nastacuas Rodriguez is the first indigenous leader of the Awa ethnic group that has been murdered in 2019, and the 8th indigenous leader alone since the turn of the year. The 36-year-old Leonardo Nastacuas, the father of…

Communiqué from the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Governing Council for the 25th Anniversary of the Armed Uprising of the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Commanders enter La Realidad for the 25th Anniversary celebration. January 2, 2019 To the Zapatista National Liberation Army: To the CIG Support Networks: To the Resistance and Rebellion Networks: To the people of Mexico: To the peoples of the world: To the communications media: The peoples, nations and tribes that form the National Indigenous Congress…

The Future and Impact of Bolsonaro’s Anti-Indigenous Policies

Rute Pina Bolsonaro’s measures will affect at least 232 areas that were with ongoing studies at Funai / Media NINJA / National Indigenous Mobilization The jurist Carlos Frederico Marés analyzes the future of the Indian policies in the government of Jair Bolsonaro The measures already announced and the proposals of the extreme right-wing president Jair…

Fourth World Under Unprecedented Threat

Wayne Madsen Never in recent times has the Fourth World – the 370 million indigenous peoples who have no states of their own – been under assault, as it is now, from a combination of proto-fascist governments and resource-grabbing corporations. The basic tenets of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…

Brazil: Bolsonaro Grants Agriculture Ministry Unprecedented Power Over Indigenous Land

Brazil’s newly-inaugurated president issued an executive order Wednesday making the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for deciding on lands inhabited by Indigenous peoples. The move will allow vested interests to exploit the Indigenous population and bring environmental disaster to its Amazon region. During his presidential campaign, then-far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro said he was considering placing Indigenous affairs…

Private Interests Threaten Brazil’s Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Territory

Leonardo Fernandes Raposa Serra do Sol indigenous residents protest in Brasília in April 2018. | Carl de Souza/AFP There are approximately 20,000 indigenous people of the ethnic groups Macuxi, Uapixana, Ingaricó, Taurepangue, and Patamonas living in the indigenous land Raposa Serra do Sol, North of Brazil. The reserve was first established in 1993 by the…

Indigenous Leader Appeals to EU to Sanction Brazil, Avoid Genocide

Sonia Guajajara, the leader of the Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples or Articulacao dos Povos Indigenas do Brasil (APBI) which represents more than 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups, called on the European Union to impose trade sanctions on Brazil to avoid an ecological disaster and potential genocide by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro. “We are afraid of a…

The DNA Industry and the Disappearing Indian

Aviva Chomsky DNA, Race, and Native Rights Amid the barrage of racist, anti-immigrant, and other attacks launched by President Trump and his administration in recent months, a series of little noted steps have threatened Native American land rights and sovereignty. Such attacks have focused on tribal sovereignty, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and the…

Mapuche Nation Demand Chilean Government Dismantle the Genocidal Jungle Command

Mapuche Nation Communiqué A group of Mapuche leaders Saturday met in Temucuicui to decide next possible steps after the assassination of Camilo Catrillanca on Nov. 14 by Chilean Carabineros (police). The leaders decided on four demands they will put forward to the Chilean state. “We demand the current government to urgently dismantle and remove said…

Mexico: Indigenous Peoples Reject, Resist Maya Train (Tren Maya) Project

Luis A. Boffil Gómez Mérida, Yucatán More than 80 indigenous groupings are opposed to the Tren Maya (Maya Train) that president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador promotes, because they consider that it will not bring and benefits for the zone’s natives, and the rejected the national “consulta” (vote) regarding it. In a communiqué, they repudiated the…

Mapuche Leaders: ‘President Piñera Is A Pinochet’

Indigenous Mapuche leaders from Chile are acting in solidarity with the family of the slain community member Camilo Catrillanca, accusing billionaire and current President Sebastian Piñera of being a “Pinochet”, the country’s former military dictator leader. Several Mapuche, or Indigenous community leaders, among them Marcelo Catrillanca, father of 24-year-old Camilo who was shot and killed…