Sunday, February 17, 2008

February 5 - 11: Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues

Five Important Indigenous People's Issues for the Week of February 5 - February 11, 2008.

The Last Indigenous Alaskan Native Eyak Speaker Dies

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — The last native speaker of Eyak, one of some 20 languages spoken in the northwestern US state of Alaska, has died at age 89, reports said Wednesday. Marie Smith Jones, described as a full-blooded Eyak and a champion of indigenous rights and conservation, passed away at her home on Monday, members of her family told the Anchorage Daily News. They told the paper they believed she died in her sleep. Read the rest here...

An Uphill Battle Against Racial Discrimination Faced by Indigenous Guatemalans

Since the Peace Accords were signed in 1996, ending Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war, the country’s political establishment has emphasized its commitment to building a new multicultural state in which the country’s ethnic diversity is respected. Read more here...

Indigenous Peoples Rights and Corporate "Free Trade" in South America

Indigenous rights renewal in Latin America flourishes in some quarters, but there are many reminders of the continued misery of first peoples at the hands of propertied and commercial classes. In Brazil, especially in Mato Grosso do Sul, murders of indigenous people increased 58 percent last year over 2006, according to Catholic missionaries. They said the cause was confinement, not enough land for Guarani people “to sustain their traditions.” In the Dourados reserve, 12,000 people live on less than 7,000 acres. Read the complete story here...

Indigenous People Urge More Ways Than One for Rudd to Say "Sorry"

An apology to the stolen generations should be addressed to more than just those people who were removed, should refer to the removal of indigenous children under modern-day laws, and should consider white foster parents not told about where children in their care had come from. The rest of the story is here...

Ukhrul Indigenous People Meet and Denounce Maphou Dam

IMPHAL, Feb 1: Contending that as many as 11 villages in the upstream area of the Thoubal river, including fields, jhum lands, medicinal plant plots, sacred sites, graveyards, salt springs and other types of bio-rich lands will be submerged by the Mapithel dam, a public meeting held in Ukhrul district today has strongly urged the authorities to review the Thoubal multi-purpose project. The rest of the story is here...

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