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As part of an ongoing initiative to include Indigenous youth voices in petitions put forward by Indigenous organizations and groups, the first national Indigenous youth political discussion was held in Guatemala City on July 17, 2015. Youth representatives of all three linguistic groups in Guatemala: Mayan, Xinca and Garifuna, were present during the meeting. Previous regional meetings were held earlier during the year throughout Guatemala where a political agenda was developed from the various work-groups.

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In June 2015, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, a part of the Ojibwe Nation located in the conservative Upper Peninsula of Michigan, became the third tribe in Michigan and the twelfth in the US to legalize and codify same-sex marriage.

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The Amazon River Basin is a place like no other on Earth. In recent years, this indescribably important region has been under siege by human development driven by both governments and corporations. One new and particularly dangerous development is a proposed South American Transcontinental Railroad that would be built from Peru to Brazil

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As reported by Richard Arghiris, Ngöbe activists of the M22 resistance movement protesting the Barro Blanco dam were physically removed from their protest camp this month by Panamanian police. In the Vigui community nearby, police actually flooded a protest camp and have been preventing activists from assembling in protest of the dam. Police are also employing “loud sirens and harsh spotlights trained on [protest] camps” in Tolé in the Chiriquí province to harass protesters throughout the night.

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On July 10 Asociacion Sobriviviencia Cultural brought to a close several fruitful days of radio-to-radio exchange in Alta Verapaz. This project was carried out with the generous support of the Swift Foundation and with volunteers from Radio Planeta in San Marcos, Guatemala. An experienced team of the radio program staff and volunteers collaborated to visit Radio Kamalb’e located in the rural community of Chantaca, Radio Nimlajacoc from the community of Nimlajacoc and Radio Tzuu Talq’a in the community of Chisec.

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On July 9, 2015, during an encounter in Bolivia with Indigenous groups, activists, and Evo Morales--Bolivia’s first Indigenous president, Pope Francis apologized to the Indigenous Peoples of America for the Catholic Church’s role in the brutalities of colonization.

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The Tolupanes of Yoro in central Honduras have become major actors in the massive protests and demonstrations that have been filling the streets of Honduran cities for weeks. Revelations that Honduran government functionaries and members of the ruling National Party had drained an estimated 300 million dollars from the national social security and health budget to help finance election campaigns may have seemed like the "last straw."

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GENEVA (7 July 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, today urged the Government of Belize to ensure respect for the rights of the country’s Maya people to non-discrimination and traditional property.

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Cultural Survival (CS) is a global leader in advancing the world’s Indigenous Peoples’ rights to their lands, languages, and cultures. We seek a Director of Development who will provide vision and leadership for the organization’s fundraising operation.

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An incident on Maya land in southern Belize has sparked a passionate national debate in Belize over the role of race, ethnicity, and democracy in Belizean society.  

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The fourteenth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) was held from April 20 to May 1, 2015. At this crucial meeting, the Permanent Forum brought together delegates, State representatives, and experts to discuss a wide range of issues affecting Indigenous Peoples, and how States, communities, and United Nations agencies can work together to improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples and to advocate for their rights. The recently released report from the fourteenth session calls particular attention to the problem of suicide among Indigenous youth, to Indigenous Peoples living in the Pacific region, and to the negative effects that climate change could have on Indigenous Peoples around the world.

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On Wednesday June 10, 2015, Joshua Cooper, from the University of Hawaii, led a workshop at Cultural Survival about the UN's Universal Periodic Review process focusing on United States' recent review. The UPR is a process conducted at the United Nations in Geneva that reviews each UN member state’s record with regard to its human rights obligations and commitments.

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