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Mucha gente se acuerda de la controversia del Canal de Panamá, un canal de 77.1 kilómetros que ataja el istmo de Panamá. El proyecto fue manchado por décadas de debate, las muertes de miles de trabajadores, un golpe de estado respaldado por los EEUU, y años de revueltas violentas de los panameños antes de que se terminara de construir. Ahora, un proyecto similar está a punto de realizarse que excedería el alcance del Canal de Panamá, en ambos su tamaño y su profundidad. En junio del 2013, oficiales nicaragüenses aprobaron un acuerdo de $50 mil millones con una empresa de Hong Kong para supervisar la construcción de un canal de 278 kilómetros. El proyecto de la Empresa de Inversiones para el Desarrollo del Gran Canal de Nicaragua de Hong Kong (HKND) pretendería enlazar el Pacífico al Caribeño, lo que permitiría el paso de grandes barcos cargueros que son demasiado grandes para pasar a través del Canal de Panamá.

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The past few weeks have been extremely important for the political future of Guatemala. On April 16, 2015, the Guatemalan Public Ministry, with the help of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, unraveled one of the most shocking political scandals in the history of the country. The scandal is a multimillion-dollar scheme in which various individuals paid bribes to avoid customs duties on imports.

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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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In 1990, the UN Global Consultation on the Right to Development declared that “the most destructive and prevalent abuses of Indigenous rights are the direct consequences of development strategies that fail to respect their fundamental right of selfdetermination.” Twenty-five years later, notwithstanding historic progress in the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the international arena (most notably the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), this statem

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Down to Our DNA: Voice and Power in the Music of Frank Waln

One hundred miles southeast of Badlands National Park in South Dakota, on a plot of roughly 1,400 square miles, lays the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Home to 20,000 Sicangu (“Burnt Thigh”) Lakota people, the plot was first established in 1889 as part of the broader Great Sioux (Lakota) Settlement. Some mornings on the Reservation, when the fog is slow to burn off, it nestles in the rolling South Dakota hills and shrouds the land in silence.

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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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