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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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The Iberá wetlands system in Argentina is one of the world’s largest freshwater bodies, but it is under threat. Vast monocrop pine and eucalyptus plantations have virtually eliminated biodiversity in more than half of the wetlands, devastating freshwater levels and dramatically affecting the livelihoods of the Guaraní Indigenous People who have lived in relationship with the lands for generations and depend on these ecosystems. Who's responsible? None other than Harvard University.

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Indigenous Rights Radio Launches at UN Permanent Forum 2015

’’It’s a powerful means of communication because all of us come from a culture of storytelling.’’

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