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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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Sliver of a Full Moon is a powerful reenactment of the historical congressional reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013: a movement that restored the authority of tribal governments to prosecute non-Native abusers who assault and abuse Native women on tribal lands.

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In an increasingly interconnected world, a global community seems ideal. The English language, symbolic of so-called globalization, is used almost everywhere for commerce, trade, and bridging common humanity between disparate cultures—but at what cost? The documentary film Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi, directed by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey in partnership with The Language Conservancy, examines a culture that has witnessed its language being replaced by English over the last few centuries—the Lakota Nation of the American Great Plains.

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