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Q’opoj Tz’olojyá

Translated as “Young lady of Solola” or “Beauty of Solola” is a tradition that has been preserved for over 40 years in the department of Solola, Guatemala. It is not a beauty contest rather a competitive recognition of the strongest and well-rounded Indigenous women of Solola. The cultural event Q’opoj Tz’olojya’ takes place every July in the city of Solola where between 15-20 young Indigenous women compete to prove they are the most knowledgeable about their language, dancing, and traditions, as well as events and issues effecting their communities.

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UMass Boston’s Institute for New England Native American Studies (INENAS) and Suffolk University Law School’s Indigenous Peoples Rights Clinic are pleased to announce a year-long, statewide project, Massachusetts Native Peoples and the Social Contract: A Reassessment for Our Times. Supported by a grant from Mass Humanities, the two organizations will host four roundtable discussions and listening sessions in areas of the state with substantial Native American populations.

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Justice is Served: Achuar Celebrate Victory Over Occidental Petroleum

Big oil companies are notorious for their interest
in maximizing return for their shareholders, but for too long Indigenous people have been paying the cost. The impact of extractive industries on Indigenous lands is indisputable, and no amount of money can compensate for the destruction of human life and contamination of water, air, and land. This holds especially true for the Achuar people of the Peruvian Amazon.

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The following is an abridged version of Professor S. James Anaya’s paper submitted for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Expert Group Meeting Dialogue on an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which took place January 27–29, 2015. The meeting discussed whether a new mechanism should be created to address the implementation gap in the Declaration Is there an implementation gap?

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