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By the Phnom Penn PostThe extent of the devastation of Cambodia’s forests was brought into sharp relief as 2013 drew to a close, with a series of detailed maps and satellite data released by NGOs showing the drastic depletion of the Kingdom’s woodland ecosystems.Images released by Open Development Cambodia (ODC) earlier this month showed that the ratio of forest cover has fallen from about 72 percent in 1973 to only 46 per cent this year.

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Alexei Auld, an alum of Sundance’s Native Writing Workshop, read excerpts of his new novel, Tonto Canto Pocahontas, in November at Fondo del Sol Museum in Washington, DC. Surrounded by paintings and sculptures created by Indigenous artists, Alexei Auld held the multiethnic, multicultural audience spellbound with his humorous reading and insightful responses during the Q&A.

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Cultural Survival's Board of Directors have generously pledged a $50,000 challenge grant. Each donation you make until December 31, 2013 will be matched dollar for dollar. To date we have raised $25,931 towards our $50,000 goal! Thank you to all who have given! Our work is possible only because of your generous support, but we still need your help to meet our goal.

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Peter Bol is a 22 year-old community radio volunteer from the Toledo District of Belize. He has been volunteering with the community radio Ak’Kutan Radio for just 4 months now, after meeting another community radio volunteer at a workshop on Mopan Mayan hieroglyphs in August of this year. He was interested in volunteering with the radio due to his awareness of the marginalization experienced by Indigenous communities of the Toledo District. According to Peter, “There have been a lot of barriers between the Mayan culture and the rest of the country, such as language and illiteracy.

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December 13, 2013 marks ten years since the brutal massacre on 424 Indigenous Anuak in Gambella, Ethiopia by Ethiopian national forces and armed militia. The Anuak people have long been persecuted in Southern Ethiopia, and recently have been forcibly evicted from their homelands to make way for translational agriculture companies. 

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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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