Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine

World Bank to Fund Grants Facility for Indigenous Peoples

The World Bank has announced it will give $600,000 per year for three years to establish a grants facility for indigenous peoples. The plan was presented at the July meeting of the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva, Switzerland.

WGIP Demands Renewed Commitment

While the 21st session of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Peoples (WGIP) concluded an hour early, there is every indication for a long life for the U.N. mechanism that launched the indigenous peoples’ liberation movement in global politics.

U.N. Spotlights Indigenous Youth

The hallmark of Cultural Survival’s work in the international indigenous rights arena over the past 31 years has been the depth and diversity of our programming.

The Realities of a Tribal-to-Federal Relationship

The United States Congress may have ended the century-old Alaska Native land claim when it passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) on December 18, 1971, but it also cast doubt on the viability of tribal governments in Alaska. By turning fee simple title over to state-charted corporations, ANCSA attempted to avoid the shortcomings of an apparently flawed reservation system.

Teaching Tibetan in Tibet: Bilingual Education is Survival

The “Tibet Question” has become one of the focal points of disagreements between China and the international community, and the survival of Tibetan culture and language is one of the key topics of the debate.

Talo Dam Green Light Downstream Communities in Peril—Djenné Project

The Djenné Project, a Cultural Survival Special Project, sponsored a research team from Clark University in 2001 to investigate the effects of building a dam in Talo, Mali. The Clark report demonstrated that the dam would disrupt the natural environment and produce deleterious effects on the downstream population and the Niger Inland Delta.

Serving the Bering Straits: The Kawerak Nonprofit Corporation

Kawerak, Inc., the nonprofit arm of the Bering Straits Native Corporation,1 is a tribal consortium that provides non-health services throughout the Bering Straits Region. The Kawerak board consists of the presidents or chiefs of the 20 federally recognized tribes in the region, two elder representatives, and the chair of the Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC)2 board.

Saving Money, Gaining Freedom: Women’s Microcredit Banking in India

I started working in the remote areas of western India in 1981 with the youth organization Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Vahini, a nonpartisan group with a Gandhian philosophy. I still remember the incident that caused me to move from Mumbai (Bombay) to a village in Satara District of western India.

San Reach Landmark IPR Benefit-Sharing Accord for Diet Pill

In March 24 elected representatives of the San peoples in South Africa, known as the South African San Council, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an arm of the South African government, jointly announced that they had reached an agreement to share the benefits projected to result from the development of a potential blockbuster diet pill.

Review: Indigenous Movements, Self-Representation, and the State in Latin America

Indigenous Movements, Self-Representation, and the State in Latin America Edited by Kay B. Warren & Jean E. Jackson University of Texas Press 2002 ISBN 0-292-79138-0 (hardcover) 0-292-79141-0 (paperback) Reviewed by Jessica Mazonson

Review: In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin Turnbull

In the Arms of Africa: The Life ofColin Turnbull By Roy Richard Grinker University of California Press 2001 ISBN 0-226-30904-5 Reviewed by Ian S. McIntosh

Alaska Natives Resolve to Maintain Tribal Sovereignty

I was born in the territory of Alaska on July 9, 1950, in the Inupiat community of Unalakleet, on the eastern coast of Norton Sound, Alaska. My parents are Irene Pan’niuq (nee Koutchak) and Stanton Talialuk Katchatag.

Working Together: Chilkoot Indian Association and Haines Borough Collaborate to Benefit Tribal Members’ Futures

The Haines Borough is a municipality organized under Alaska State Code. The Chilkoot Indian Association is a tribal government organized under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1941. While the tribe functions apart from the Haines Borough, tribal members live integrated with borough residents.

Wool Processing Takes Off—Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land

A rare and endangered breed of sheep, the Navajo-Churro produces one of the finest fleeces for weaving in the world. Churro wool is long and glossy with a broad spectrum of colors ranging from pure white to a deep black. The fleece is particularly suited for weaving because of its ability to accept dyes purely and evenly.

Review: Global Uprising

Since the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, a new kind of worldwide activism has gained recognition. The events of the so-called “battle of Seattle” fostered increasing interest in the long-standing anti-corporate globalization movement, and created a model for future mass actions.

Review: Development as Freedom

Development as Freedom By Amartya Sen Anchor Books/ Random House 1999 ISBN 0-385-72027-0 Reviewed by Raymond Coderre

Nurturing Athabascan Unity and Sovereignty Across Alaska: The Tanana Chiefs Conference

As the second-largest private employer in Fairbanks, the nonprofit Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) must advocate on behalf of member tribes from a distance, while providing as much local control as possible for 42 Athabascan tribes in interior Alaska.

Models of Sovereignty and Survival in Alaska

The cultural survival of this country’s indigenous populations is dependent on our ability to maintain our cultural values, practice our ancient traditions, and control and govern our own communities. But American Indians and Alaska Natives have historically been subject to federal policies that have sought to annihilate or assimilate Native Americans.

Leading Bameno

My name is Penti Baiwa and I am Huaorani from the community of Bameno in the Ecuadoran Amazon. I have always lived in the forest in the communities and have seen what is happening to us. I wanted to do something to help my people.

Indian Country in Alaska: A Rhetorical Analysis

In 1943 the United States Secretary of the Interior set aside 1.4 million acres of land as a reservation to protect the hunting and fishing grounds of the Gwich’in people of Arctic Village and Venetie (Venetie Reserve).

First Rosebud Wind Turbine Generates Support: An Interview with Intertribal COUP Secretary Robert Gough

The first tribally owned wind generator was dedicated on the Rosebud Reservation on May 1.

Dukha Meet With Mongolian Government—Totem Peoples’ Preservation Project

A delegation of six Dukha (Tuvan) reindeer herders met in June with Mongolian government officials in Ulan Bator to speak about their culture and the challenges their people face for survival. It was the first time a group of Dukha had ever met with the Mongolian government.

China’s Tribal Farmers Face the Global Market

“I arrived at the market at 2 a.m. this morning,” said Mrs. Liu as she spread out her precious produce on the floor next to her friends. Her exotic fruit, vegetables, and fungi freshly gathered the day before were selling quickly.

ANCSA, An Act of Self-Determination: Harnessing Business Endeavors to Achieve Alaska Native Goals

Alaska Native corporations have come a long way and matured a great deal in the three decades since they were created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, known as ANCSA. While many people say this act was an experiment in capitalism on a grand scale, it is important to stress that the designers of the experiment were Alaska’s indigenous people.

Alaska Native & Tribal Rights Protection Plan

While some of this plan’s goals involve actions aimed at influencing outside parties such as political leaders, the media and others, many of the goals listed below revolve around the ongoing need to coordinate in an effective manner within Alaska’s Native/Tribal community.

Alaska Native Health Care: A Profile of Successful Self-Determination

The Alaska Native Health Care System is a diverse and multi-faceted system that has developed over the last 30 years. It represents many diverse organizations for Alaskan people.