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On November 20 and 21, 2015, Cultural Survival Executive Director Suzanne Benally visited three Indigenous community radio stations in Guatemala. After participating in several panels during the VII Continental Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Americas, Benally traveled to three Indigenous communities to learn about the efforts and initiatives they are undertaking in maintaining their community radios.

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Over 600 delegates from 58 countries converged in Meghalaya, India on November 3-7, 2015 to celebrate the ancient food systems, vast traditional knowledge and biocultural diversity of Indigenous Peoples as part of the International Terra Madre conference.

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A new report, entitled Who Watches the Watchmen? released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Grassroots, demonstrates that the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, the industry oversight body that charges itself with certifying palm oil as sustainable, is failing to address the concerning and harmful practices of many palm oil companies it certifies as socially and environmentally ethical.

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 Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, published a new report submitted to the General Assembly of the UN outlining the effects of international investment and free trade on the rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

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Indigenous Peoples from the Americas attending the United Nations World Climate Summit in Paris warn that the Paris climate accord will harm their rights, lands and environment and do nothing to address climate change.

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On November 3, 2015 Radio Juventud staff, legal defense and supporters attended the hearing scheduled by the Sololá District Court to determine the legality of the radio. Last December 2014, Radio Juventud was raided by representatives of the Public Ministry and National Police which resulted in confiscation of all equipment and the community radio temporary shut down.

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John Standingdeer Jr., a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has received a patent for his new and unique method for decoding the inherent patterns in the Cherokee language, making it simple and easy to learn this endangered language.

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Conflicts over land rights, violence and impunity, and lack of adequate social service were major topics of discussion with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Vicky Tauli Corpuz during her official country visit to Honduras over nine days in November 2015.

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A coalition of international organizations have denounced Cameroonian authorities’ repression of community leader and environmental defender Nasako Besingi.

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November 3rd, 2015-   Cultural Survival congratulates Lorenzo Mateo Francisco as he received an award on behalf of the independent media site Prensa Comunitaria, a small independent news collective covering grassroots social movements and Indigenous Peoples rights in Guatemala.The Washington DC-based non-profit Guatemala Human Rights Commission presented the award, reporting:

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From November 3rd to the 7th, in the capital city of Shillong in Meghalaya, India, the second international gathering Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) will bring together Indigenous people from all over the world to network and share knowledge about food, nutrition, and biocultural diversity.

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Two Q’anjobal Maya community leaders who were imprisoned in Guatemala for the past two years, have finally been declared innocent and released. A regional criminal court in Guatemala found the two men to be absolved of all charges on October 28, 2015.

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