Friday, January 11, 2008

Key Indigenous Peoples' Issues from the Week

Five Important Indigenous Peoples’ Issues This Week

Indigenous Land Owners in Texas Plea for Immediate Intervention, US Prepares to Seize Lands for Border Wall

This is a request for immediate intervention on behalf of indigenous land title holders of the rancheria of El Calaboz, La Paloma, and El Ranchito in South Texas. I am writing to you this evening as the indigenous peoples of El Calaboz, La Paloma and El Ranchito rancherias in South Texas express grave fear for their safety, their livelihoods, and being ripped violently apart from our sacred lands held in our communities prior to contact with Spanish settlers and empresarios, and thereafter, in continuity.

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Stolen Generation Makes Bid for $1 Billion Dollar Componsation

ABORIGINAL leaders want $1 billion compensation for members of the stolen generation and have threatened a legal fight if governments do not pay up.

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Highway Planned by Paper Giant Asia Pulp & Paper Will Destroy Animal Habitats in “Legally Questionable” Road Threatens Forest Haven for Indigenous People and Endangered Tigers and Orangutans

WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)--An investigative report released today by World Wildlife Fund revealed that paper giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and its affiliates are in the process of constructing a massive highway for logging vehicles that threatens one of Indonesia's most important forests. The highway, described by WWF in the report as being “legally questionable,” would cut an enormous swath through one of Sumatra's last remaining large forest blocks, home to two tribes of indigenous people and endangered elephants, tigers and orangutans. The full report on APP's activities in Bukit Tigapuluh can be downloaded here.

Africa: Use Indigenous Languages in Science
Sifelani Tsiko

READING through the first dictionary of biomedical terms in Shona language titled “Duramazwi Reurapi Neutano” reaffirms the belief that Africans learn best in their own languages, the languages they know from their parents and from home despite the globalising influence of English.

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Why Bolivia Matters

Bolivia's National Palace is a classic colonial building that sits on the pigeon-filled Plaza Murillo in downtown La Paz. It's more often called the “Palacio Quemado” or “Burned Palace” because it's been set on fire repeatedly by dissidents of one stripe or another over the centuries since Bolivia gained its fragile independence. Today, painted a cheery yellow, it stands as a reminder of a conflictive past and a fresh future.

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