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The state of Peru is in the process of launching the bidding process for the largest oil concession in the country, Lot 192, which expires this year, while affected Indigenous communities are still waiting for their demands to clean up contaminated areas from the previous 44 years of exploitation.

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Ignoring public opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline is a lose-lose for the U.S. Government and TransCanada Corporation

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"Finding Balance: The Genealogy of Massasoit's People and the Oral and Written History of the Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribal Nation" opens the conversation that in order to have an accurate history, it is important to know the perspectives of all involved in the documentation of a story. Finding Balance is the history of the Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribal Nation, before European contact, and after King Phillip’s War through contemporary times

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Taseko Mines, the Canadian mining company who has made two failed attempts to launch a gold and copper mine in Tsilhqot’in First Nation Territory in British Colombia, has been granted an extension of an environmental assessment certificate to build an open-pit mine capable of producing 70,000 tons of ore per day over 20 years.

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At minimum, 150,000 Indigenous children were forced by law to attend Indian residential schools in Canada; today there remain approximately 80,000 survivors.

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Despite the reputation held by Canada for its comparatively respectful human rights practices, the country’s recent actions in Indigenous territories both at home and abroad has caused Vancouver businesses to gain notoriety in Latin America as the worst in the extractive industry. Both in terms of environmental degradation and human rights violations, the Canadian government has failed to prevent the corrupt behaviors of its extractive industries —the result of lacking policy standards and enforcement on the part of the Canadian government.

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In June of 2013, over the course of a few days, and with almost no public consultation, one of the largest infrastructure development project in history was ratified by the Nicaraguan government. The contract grants sweeping powers over Nicaraguan territories and a 100 year concession to the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Commission (HKND).

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On January, 5 2015, Guatemala's former president and general, Efrain Rios Montt, appeared before a tribunal where he faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity during his dictatorship in 1982-83. In May 2013 Montt was convicted for the massacre of thousands of Indigenous people during his regime.

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In Kenya and Tanzania, a number of cases are pending in court for Indigenous Maasai pastoralist communities pressing charges the illegal appropriation of their land. Pastoralists are particularly vulnerable to land appropriation, as their semi-nomadic lifestyle is viewed by discriminatory legislation and policies as lacking permanent ties to land that demonstrate ownership. Rather, the Maasai’s way of life has been delegitimized in favor of permanent agricultural based economies.

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The right to health is the most basic of human rights, argues Indigenous Maasai scholar Ben Koissaba, of Kenya, in conclusion to his participation at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples that took place September 2014 in New York.  “[It’s] fulfillment is both a precondition to, and a by-product of, the enjoyment of all other rights,” he explains.  In a recent publication, Koissaba evaluated progress towards the right to health for Indigenous Peoples of Africa. Around the world, Indigenous Peoples suffer from greater illness and poorer quality of care than other groups.

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At long last, Native voices of Southeastern Massachusetts are now “licensed” within the 690 pages of the recently published book (2014), Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writings From New England by Dr. Siobhan Senier, University of New Hampshire. This anthology includes the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamquoddy, Penobscot, Abenaki, Nipmuc, Narragansett, Mohegan, Schaghticoke and the Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribes.

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Further complications between extraction industries and Indigenous Peoples have been unveiled in a new report published by First Peoples Worldwide. The report, The Indigenous Rights Risk Report: How Violating Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Increases Industry Risks, found that U.S. extractive companies expose shareholders to tangible risks in neglecting the rights of the Nation’s Indigenous Peoples.

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Together, We Can Support Indigenous Communities in Nepal

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Cultural Survival is not a disaster relief organization. We work towards a world in which the rights of Indigenous Peoples are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Bikalpa Gyan Kedra, an organization in Nepal founded by our Board Member Stella Tamang offers alternative educational opportunities to Indigenous girls and is not a disaster relief organization either, but since the earthquake they have been acting as a shelter to 300 local families. They need basic items like drinking water and food.

Radio Kairan in Kubu-Kasthali is asking for help with purchasing a power generator to get his community radio station back up and running to provide an essential means of communication for villagers on relief efforts as well as to power his community. Cost for this generator would be about $2,500

We have set up a special fund to assist our Indigenous contacts in Nepal. With your help, we can provide some limited assistance to our friends in desperate need.

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