Sunday, February 10, 2008

January 28 - February 4: Five Key Indigenous People's Issues

Five Important Indigenous People's Issues for the Week of January 28 - February 4, 2008.

Indigenous Hawaiians Are Entitled to Benefits That Would Be Protected with the Passage of the Akaka Bill

The Akaka Bill: From the perspective of a native Hawaiian. I chose this topic because I believe it is important that everyone in this room this evening gets it right. You like many in my extended circle of friends, may not be certain what the Akaka Bill is all about or what the bill is intended to achieve. There is so much misinformation and so many untruths being circulated on the street and in the media, it has been frustrating for the majority of us who support the bill. Tonight, I would like to set the record straight. Read more here...

Justice for Indigenous Mapuche People by Chilean Judge

Santiago de Chile, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The murder of a young Mapuche man in the southern Chilean region of Araucania by carabineers, the more than 90 days of strike by a Mapuche prisoner and systematic protests, increased tensions in the Chilean indigenous conflict. Read the rest here...

Malaysian Indigenous Group Leader Shot Dead in Sout Cotabato

A former journalist turned provincial chairman of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) was shot dead in South Cotabato Sunday. Police Inspector Ramel Villagracia, deputy chief of the Polomolok police, identified the victim as Tammy "Bong" Dawang, Sr., 50, a resident of Tuazon Subdivision in Barangay Poblacion in Polomolok town. Read the rest of the story here...

Australian Indigenous People’s Outraged as Police Enter Sacred Site

Elders from a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory were outraged when police, including a female officer, entered a sacred site during an initiation ceremony for young men. The rest of the story can be read here...

Indigenous Rights and the Mayan Victory in Belize

On 18 October 2007, the Supreme Court of Belize ruled in Cal v. Attorney General that the national government must recognize the indigenous Mayans’ customary tenure to land and refrain from any act that might prejudice their use or enjoyment of this land. The landmark Supreme Court ruling which recognizes the rights of Indigenous Peoples to their land was a great victory for Mayan communities in Belize. Read the complete story here...

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