Lands, Resources, and Environments

Date: April 23, 2014
A high-end safari operator must turn over documents and testimony about alleged land-grabbing and violence to the leaders of three Maasai villages in Tanzania, according to an order issued Friday by a federal magistrate judge in Boston. The villagers, assisted by EarthRights International (ERI), petitioned to receive this evidence in order to support their fight in the Tanzanian courts to recover land that they lost to Thomson Safaris and damages for violent abuses and property destruction.
Date: April 18, 2014
On January 4, 2014, three Cree men, Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimaw, and Paul Mattinas, began a 1,700km trek from Attawapiskat First Nation to the Parliament Hill Building in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to send a message and raise awareness of the treaty rights made between First Nations and the Canadian government. In the past, lack of housing, infrastructure, increasingly poor health care programs, and very few educational opportunities have led to unsustainable living conditions and a disproportionate percentage of social issues in First Nation’s communities.
Date: April 14, 2014
Date: April 10, 2014
Taseko Mines Ltd. applied to the Federal Government for a second judicial review on March 26, 2014 after their proposal for the New Prosperity gold and copper mine in Tsilhqot’in territory was yet again rejected. In late February, The proposed billion-dollar open pit mine, 125 kilometres south of Williams Lake, was rejected by the Ministry of Environment due to ‘adverse environmental effects’. This included negative impacts on water quality, fish, habitats in Fish Lake, land and resource use, and the cultural heritage of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation—problems that were described by the Federal Government as “scathing” and “damning.”
Date: April 10, 2014

On March 26, 2014, the Quechua Federation of the Upper Pastaza River Basin (FEDIQUEP) declared a permanent strike until the Peruvian government shows signs of progress toward meeting the Federation’s conditions regarding compensation for

Date: April 10, 2014

On April 7, 2014, in a magistrate courtroom in Nanyuki, Kenya, Samburu community members and their supporters battling for their land rights in Laikipia went head to head with African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Pr

Date: April 8, 2014
Representatives of Maya communities poured into the courtroom of Justice Michele Arana on the morning of April 3, 2014 where the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) was awaiting a decision in its latest legal challenge. The judgment was brief and enlightened, with Justice Arana ruling in SATIIM’s favor and declaring that the decision to grant permission for road construction and commercial oil drilling in five buffer communities in the south was irrational, unreasonable, and unlawful.
Date: April 2, 2014

Underground Railway Theater’s production of Sila will be showing at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge starting April 24, 2014.

Date: March 14, 2014
An opening song by Blackfeet Cherokee performing artist Maria Gladstone kicked off the The Indigenous New Media Symposium sponsored by the School of Media Studies hosted at the New School in New York City on February 21, 2014. The event brought together prominent Native American and First Nations media makers and creative activists to discuss how new media is being used in Indigenous communities to educate, organize, entertain, and advocate. The panel addressed topics such as confronting the ongoing Native stereotypes in mainstream media, the resurgence of Indigenous ways through new media, and discussed how this new outspoken generation is using their artistic endeavors for cultural, economical, and political change.
Date: March 14, 2014

After being in the cold for over five months courtesy of government-sponsored forced evictions and because of broken promises for compensation from the Kenyan President and his deputy, the Maasai community of Narasha is living with uncer

Date: March 13, 2014
The Ngöbe people have inhabited the banks of the Tabasara for— in their words—forever, and if the Barro Blanco hydro project goes through, 460 of them will lose their homes, their villages, their livelihoods, their entire way of life, and what they call their paradise.
Date: March 12, 2014
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Date: March 10, 2014

The creation of the Universal Periodic Review by the new UN Human Rights Council was an innovative approach to assessing the human rights record of each member state.

Date: March 10, 2014

“Self-determination and sovereignty are the cornerstones on which companies should base their relations with Indigenous Peoples.”

Date: March 10, 2014
Date: March 10, 2014

In 1883, my grandfather, Saste, was a child of seven years. With his parents, he traveled in a group into the Black Hills in South Dakota for a sacred prayer journey to Washun Niye, a site from which Mother Earth breathes.

Date: March 10, 2014

The 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage sets out a framework “to ensure that effective and active measures are taken for the protection, conservation and presentation of the cultural and n

Date: March 10, 2014

A Cameroonian judge in the Fako High Court has awarded former 

Date: March 7, 2014
Would you believe that the Hawaiian voyaging movement began as a scientific and social experiment?
Date: March 7, 2014

It was the morning of 7 Ajpu according to the Maya calendar, a date that represents strength, confidence, and bravery.