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World Indigenous Peoples' Day

In celebration of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, teleSUR looks at the landmark Indigenous struggles across Latin America and the globe.

Be it fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in the United States or the hydroelectric dam in Honduras, Indigenous people are leading the fight to protect the world's natural resources and endangered cultural patrimony 

Despite threats and targeted assassinations, Indigenous communities continue to fight for a more sustainable, diverse and equal world.

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Indigenous Rights Warriors

 

10 Latin American Indigenous Rights Warriors You Need to Know

Indigenous leaders around the world are on the front-lines of struggle against corporate exploitation, resource extraction, neoliberal policies, and other injustices impacting people and the environment. Here’s a look at some of the most prominent Indigenous leaders fighting for justice and human rights in Latin America. READ MORE

Indigenous Women Led Environmental Struggle in 2016

Women are leading the struggle in Latin America against environmental destruction as well as Indigenous rights, but they often face assassination, jail, threats and violence. They not only fight against gender inequality but also demand wider societal transformation of a patriarchal system that doesn't work for them as women. READ MORE

The Revolutionary Anti-Capitalism of Honduras’ Berta Caceres

Caceres has become an icon for the Indigenous environmental rights movement. In 2015, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for leading a campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam on the Gualcarque River. READ MORE

Brazil's Indigenous Tribes to Map Deforestation on Google Earth

Indigenous peoples in Brazil will now be able to map, in almost real time, the deforestation in the Amazon. Land clearance has risen over the last three years; a 29 percent increase was reported in 2016. READ MORE

Threats and Violence

 

Land Grabbing Is Killing Honduras' Indigenous Peoples

Berta Caceres wasn’t the first and, unfortunately, she won't be the last. The world-renowned Lenca leader, assassinated last month in Honduras for her opposition to government-backed megaprojects, is one of an increasing litany of fallen fighters for Indigenous and environmental rights in Honduras and around the globe. READ MORE

Brazil Backslides on Environmental and Indigenous Protections

A series of policy changes in recent months in Brazil have rolled back environmental protections amid political upheaval and an economic crisis tormenting embattled President Michel Temer. READ MORE

End to Violence, Racism Versus Indigenous Peoples Demanded at UN

Human rights advocates and specialist bodies at the United Nations have demanded an end to the discrimination, exclusion and lack of protections for Indigenous peoples around the globe. READ MORE

Struggles and Victories

 

The 5 Indigenous Struggles You've Never Heard of

Indigenous cultures continue to struggle for self-determination in virtually every corner of the globe. From Indigenous groups in Russia to the Saharawi people in Western Sahara, here are a few you might not have come across. READ MORE

8 Latin America Indigenous Rights Victories as Struggle Goes On

Despite systematic repression, powerful enemies, and ongoing discrimination and other challenges, Indigenous communities have achieved important wins in the past year in Latin America. Here are a few highlights of what tireless struggle has recently achieved for Indigenous communities. READ MORE

Maori Win 160-Year Campaign to Grant Sacred River Legal Rights

The New Zealand Parliament passed a new treaty law which recognizes that the Whanganui River has the same legal rights and protections as a person. The Whanganui River Claims Settlement is the culmination of a 160-year campaign by the Whanganui iwi, a Maori nation on the north island, to have the river recognized as one of its sacred ancestors. READ MORE

Peru's Indigenous Group Fighting Big Oil Scores Major Victory

The Wampis nation, an Indigenous community of Peru, declared plans to become an autonomous government. Now, Peru's first self-governing Indigenous community has won a major victory toward having their autonomy officially recognized. READ MORE

 
  • As dawn broke over the city of Tiwanaku in Bolivia

    As dawn broke over the city of Tiwanaku in Bolivia's La Paz on Wednesday, Indigenous Aymara raised their hands towards the first rays of the morning sun to welcome the Aymara New Year, 5525. | Photo Reuters

  • Demonstrators demanded recognition for Indigenous peoples right to own their land and as well as better access to health care.

    Demonstrators demanded recognition for Indigenous peoples right to own their land and as well as better access to health care. | Photo AFP

  • An Indigenous activist waves an upside down U.S. flag with an image of historic Native American leader Sitting Bull on it during a protest march and rally in opposition to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines in front of the White House.

    An Indigenous activist waves an upside down U.S. flag with an image of historic Native American leader Sitting Bull on it during a protest march and rally in opposition to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines in front of the White House. | Photo Reuters

  • Berta Caceres, Honduran indigenous leader who was killed in March 2016 because of her activism

    Berta Caceres, Honduran indigenous leader who was killed in March 2016 because of her activism | Photo Goldman Environmental Prize

  • Tens of thousands of peasants, rural workers, and Indigenous people in Colombia fought in the s ummer against massive land inequality and privatization decrees, as well as the right to participate in the ongoing Colombian peace talks, under the banner of the Minga (Strike) of Resistance for Life, Territory, Dignity, Peace, and the Implementation of the Agreements.

    Tens of thousands of peasants, rural workers, and Indigenous people in Colombia fought in the s ummer against massive land inequality and privatization decrees, as well as the right to participate in the ongoing Colombian peace talks, under the banner of the Minga (Strike) of Resistance for Life, Territory, Dignity, Peace, and the Implementation of the Agreements. | Photo Reuters

  • Dancers wearing traditional Indigenous dress set the record on July 17, 2016.

    Dancers wearing traditional Indigenous dress set the record on July 17, 2016. | Photo AFP

  • Women and girls at altar for Indigenous girl victim of femicide.

    Women and girls at altar for Indigenous girl victim of femicide.

  • Indigenous people from different countries stage a protest during the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech.

    Indigenous people from different countries stage a protest during the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. | Photo Reuters

  • In both Honduras and North Dakota, Indigenous communities are hard at work defending their territories and waters from further theft and desecration

    In both Honduras and North Dakota, Indigenous communities are hard at work defending their territories and waters from further theft and desecration | Photo Reuters

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