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On December 2, 2013, the UN Global Compact released “

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The Mashantucket Pequot Museum is currently displaying the exhibition Native New England Now until January 4, 2014. The exhibit represents tribal communities from all six New England states and displays Native art from twenty-seven different artists.

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In a groundbreaking decision, the Constitutional Court of Guatemala ruled last week that community consultations against mining projects should be considered as binding legal decisions. The government is now obligated to respect the results of consultas populares or community referendums regarding mining projects.

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Greenpeace Africa and the Oakland Institute are alarmed by the decision of the Cameroonian government to award US agribusiness company Herakles Farms a three-year provisional land lease to develop a palm oil plantation in the South West region of the country. The move disproves Herakles Farms’ claim that it had all the necessary permits from the start, and confirms that the company has in fact been operating illegally for more than three years.

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It was the morning of 7 Ajpu according to the Mayan calendar, a date which represents strength, confidence, and bravery. Fifty-three Indigenous youth representing 3 countries and at least 7 distinct Indigenous communities gathered in the shadow of volcanoes on a secluded patio overlooking Guatemala’s dazzling Lake Atitlan to participate in a traditional Maya ceremony. The ceremony would usher in the Second International Radio Conference for Indigenous Youth, to take place from November 26-28, 2013, by the Christian calendar. The event’s goal was to build networks and collaboration among Indigenous youth from Guatemala, Belize, and El Salvador, using community radio and shared Maya culture as a foundation and a medium for their work.

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Donovan Felix was just another Native man, a Native drifter walking along the paths of life trying to find his place. Working odd jobs in Fairbanks, Alaska washing dishes at Mayflower and Denny’s Restaurants, and travelling to Anchorage to see what it had to offer, but still nothing.Until he found his calling in Arctic Village with traditional skin tanning.

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Sixty five years ago, on December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declaring that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Yet, Indigenous Peoples worldwide still struggle to protect their basic rights and suffer gross human rights abuses.     

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Deborah Spears Moorehead, an artist from the Seaconke, Pokanoket, Wampanoag, Narragansett, Pequot, Mohawk, and Nipmuc Tribal Nations, has been drawing since she can remember.

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Protests were held outside the Annual General Meeting of British mining company GCM Resources on December 4th over the company’s Phulbari coal mine in Bangladesh.  The protests were held by UK solidarity groups the London Mining Network, Phulbari Solidarity Group, and the UK Committee to Protect Oil-Gas and Mineral Resources in Bangladesh.   

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On November 26-28, 2013 over 80 Indigenous youth from Guatemala, Belize, and El Salvador are gathering at the First International Radio Conference for Indigenous Youth in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. The conference addresses how to use community radio as a tool for improving participation and integration for Central American Indigenous youth, with a focus on the eradication of social exclusion through the reclamation of Indigenous values and languages.

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Cultural Survival's Community Radio Project team is in the final planning phases of what will be our one of our largest community radio events to date. This upcoming Tuesday, November 26, in Santiago Atitlán, Sololá, Guatemala, we are holding a 3-day conference for Indigenous youth from Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador, in coordination with three other Indigenous rights organizations, ADECCAP, Tumul K'in Centre of Learning/ Ak'Kutan Radio and Africa 70.

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On October 31, 2013, Canada’s Federal Environmental Review Panel submitted an extensive report with their major findings regarding Taseko’s plan to mitigate adverse impacts of the “New Prosperity” gold-copper mine, a project proposed on the lands of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation. Weeks earlier, the Panel heard considerable testimony from members of the Tsilhqot’in community. The Panel was required to review information presented by Indigenous groups in British Columbia.

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