New Laws in Sierra Leone Reshape Environmental Battleground

The West African nation will let communities veto mining, farming and industrial projects. Activists say the legislation is a progressive landmark. At least one investor calls it unworkable.

#indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #mines-and-mining, #rural-areas, #sierra-leone, #west-africa

Why Catholicism Remains Strong in Canada

Even as Catholicism wanes in many Western countries, in Canada, it is holding steady as the largest religious denomination.

#alberta-canada, #canada, #christians-and-christianity, #edmonton-alberta, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #indigenous-people, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

How to Decolonize a Museum? Try an Ax.

An ambitious survey of the life and art of Raphael Montañez Ortiz is at El Museo del Barrio. His work still feels subversive more than half a century after he founded the museum.

#art, #colonization, #el-museo-del-barrio, #indigenous-people, #museums, #ortiz-raphael-montanez, #performance-art, #puerto-ricans, #sculpture

How Indigenous Athletes Are Reclaiming Lacrosse

The Haudenosaunee Nationals lacrosse teams have a big ambition: competing in the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

#haudenosaunee-confederacy, #indigenous-people, #international-olympic-committee, #lacrosse, #olympic-games-2028

Pope Apologizes in Canada for Schools That Abused Indigenous Children

Francis, responding to longtime pleas from Indigenous people, begged forgiveness for schools where children were forced to assimilate, many were sexually or physically abused and some died.

#alberta-canada, #apologies, #assembly-of-first-nations, #british-columbia-canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #native-americans, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Pope Francis Will Travel to Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Community

Pope Francis will travel to an Indigenous community in Canada to apologize for the church’s role in residential schools that tried to erase Indigenous culture, and where thousands of children died.

#apologies, #assembly-of-first-nations, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #francis, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #priests, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sinclair-murray-1951

Where Mantras Trump Medicine, Vaccines Are a ‘Violation’

The Baduy, an Indigenous group in Indonesia, believe that vaccinations are impure, and unnecessary, and that their beliefs protect them. To skeptics, they note their Covid death toll: zero.

#baduy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indigenous-people, #indonesia, #java-indonesia, #religion-and-belief, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biodiversity Crisis Affects Billions Who Rely on Wild Species, Researchers Say

The latest global assessment of the decline in plant and animal life found some bright spots but recommended significant changes to hunting and other practices to address the risks.

#biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #indigenous-people, #intergovernmental-science-policy-platform-on-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #united-nations, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

A Chance Encounter Helps Return Sacred Artifacts to an Indigenous Group

The United Nations helped the Yaqui Nation, an Indigenous group in Mexico and the United States, reclaim a deer’s head and other items from a Swedish museum.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #indigenous-people, #mexico, #museums, #sonora-mexico, #stockholm-sweden, #sweden, #united-nations

Man Confesses to Killing Journalist and Indigenous Activist, the Police Say

Dom Phillips, a freelance reporter for The Guardian, and Bruno Araújo Pereira, a Brazilian expert on Indigenous peoples, have been missing in the Amazon since June 5.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #indigenous-people, #news-and-news-media, #pereira-bruno-araujo, #phillips-dom-journalist, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Authorities Find Belongings of Missing Journalist and Expert in Amazon

Search crews found clothes and other belongings of the two men who went missing in the Amazon last week. Authorities are also testing blood from a suspect’s boat and human remains found elsewhere.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #indigenous-people, #news-and-news-media, #pereira-bruno-araujo, #phillips-dom-journalist, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Men Missing in Amazon Faced Threats Before They Disappeared

Dom Phillips, a British journalist, and Bruno Pereira, a Brazilian expert on Indigenous groups, have not been seen since Sunday. They faced threats before they disappeared.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #indigenous-people, #javari-valley-brazil, #mendes-chico, #pereira-bruno-araujo, #phillips-dom-journalist

Making Art on Top of the World

Near the Arctic Circle, Shuvinai Ashoona, a star of the Venice Biennale, and her community of Inuit artists refuse to let isolation stand in their way.

#arctic-regions, #art, #ashoona-pitseolak, #ashoona-shuvinai, #canada, #content-type-personal-profile, #indigenous-people, #museums, #pootoogook-annie, #venice-biennale

Can Ancient Maori Knowledge Aid Science? Ask These Freshwater Crayfish.

As a weed choked a New Zealand lake, a tribe found a surprising solution in a centuries-old tool, adding to a pitched debate over how Indigenous knowledge can complement conventional science.

#dawkins-richard, #indigenous-people, #maori, #new-zealand, #science-and-technology, #weeds

Luis Díaz Is the Liverpool Star Who Never Should Have Made It

Luis Díaz has become a hero in only five months in England. But his story resonates not because he made it, but because so many others like him never get the chance.

#colombia, #content-type-personal-profile, #diaz-luis-1997, #indigenous-people, #liverpool-soccer-team, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

Prince Charles and Camilla Visit Canada

Prince Charles will make a three day tour of the country, where polls suggest there’s little support for the monarchy — but amending Canada’s Constitution is difficult.

#bowles-camilla-parker, #canada, #carleton-university, #charles-prince-of-wales, #indigenous-people, #politics-and-government, #royal-families

An Intimate Look at Mexico’s Indigenous Seri People

The identity of the Seri is integrally tied to their natural environment, which in recent years has been susceptible to an increasing number of existential threats.

#gulf-of-california-mexico, #indigenous-people, #mexico, #mines-and-mining, #solar-energy, #sonoran-desert, #travel-and-vacations, #women-and-girls

Report Catalogs Abuse of Native American Children at Former Government Schools

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland called for a review last year, after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of children who attended similar schools in Canada.

#canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #education-k-12, #haaland-deb, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Sunday Read: ‘The War for the Rainforest’

Set aside for an isolated Indigenous group, the Brazilian preserve Ituna-Itatá has now been heavily deforested — evidence of the intractable forces destroying the Amazon.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #indigenous-people, #politics-and-government, #the-daily-radio-program

Brazil’s climate politics are shifting. That matters for the whole planet.

The Amazon is emerging as a central issue in this year’s presidential campaign. Leaders have taken note.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-jungle, #beef, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #da-silva-luiz-inacio-lula, #elections, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl

Pope Apologizes to Indigenous People of Canada

Pope Francis also promised to visit Canada as part of a process of healing and reconciliation over the church’s involvement in an abusive system of residential schools.

#apologies, #assembly-of-first-nations, #benedict-xvi, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, Is Bringing Devastation to the World

Brazil’s president has the planet in his cross hairs.

#amazon-jungle, #amazon-river, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #environment, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining

Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, Is Bringing Devastation to the World

Brazil’s president has the planet in his cross hairs.

#amazon-jungle, #amazon-river, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #environment, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining

Pope Meets Canadian Groups Seeking Apology for Indigenous Schools

Francis met for the first time with groups of survivors of Canada’s abusive Indigenous schools who are seeking his apology over the church’s role in running the schools.

#apologies, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #indigenous-people, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Helping A.I. to Learn About Indigenous Cultures

Data on Native communities are not at the levels needed for accuracy in A.I.-driven tools. A group is trying to solve that problem.

#aispecialreport2022, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #indigenous-people, #native-americans

Plan for Amazon Headquarters in South Africa in Peril After Court Order

A judge ordered construction of the development in Cape Town to be halted, saying that the developer had not properly consulted Indigenous South Africans.

#amazon-com-inc, #building-construction, #cape-town-south-africa, #decisions-and-verdicts, #indigenous-people, #johannesburg-south-africa, #south-africa

Demand for This Toad’s Psychedelic Venom Is Booming. Some Warn That’s Bad for the Toad.

In a sign of unintended consequences of the psychedelic resurgence, scientists say that the Sonoran desert toad is at risk of population collapse.

#amphibians, #anxiety-and-stress, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #indigenous-people, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs

Deforestation in Amazon Rainforest Threatens Indigenous Lands

Set aside for an isolated Indigenous group, the Brazilian preserve Ituna-Itatá has now been heavily deforested — a grim illustration of the intractable forces destroying the Amazon.

#altamira-brazil, #amazon-jungle, #belo-monte-dam-brazil, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #gold, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining, #native-americans, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #xingu-river-brazil

Covid Surge in New Caledonia, in the Pacific, HIts Indigenous Hardest

New Caledonia escaped the coronavirus for a year and a half, but a surge in cases has led to a state of emergency, with the disease disproportionately hurting the French territory’s Indigenous people.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #income-inequality, #indigenous-people, #new-caledonia, #polynesia, #secession-and-independence-movements, #vaccination-and-immunization

Miranda Miguel and the Native American Bohemia in Brownstone Brooklyn

Indigenous rodeo riders and Wild West actors all gathered at an unassuming townhouse in Boerum Hill. Listening to the grown-ups under the kitchen table, a future experimental theater director.

#aanmitaagzi, #american-indian-movement, #boerum-hill-brooklyn-ny, #indigenous-people, #miguel-muriel, #native-americans, #spiderwoman-theater, #theater

New Amazon Headquarters Sparks Feud Among Indigenous South Africans

The development, still under construction, sits on sacred land in Cape Town. But some Indigenous leaders have allied with the developers, prompting a debate over who speaks for First Nations people.

#amazon-com-inc, #cape-town-south-africa, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indigenous-people, #real-estate-commercial

The Queer Indigenous Artists Reclaiming a Fluid Sense of Gender

Colonialist conceptions of gender have long sought to erase more expansive views. But a new generation is making work that honors their cultures’ beliefs on their own terms.

#art, #cebu-philippines, #culture-arts, #gender, #hawaii, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indigenous-people, #men-and-boys, #monkman-kent, #native-americans, #sandoval-isabel-film-director, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

In Mexico, Ornately Painted Churches Enshrine Years of Indigenous Resilience

As Michoacán’s centuries-old chapels undergo restorations, the buildings raise new questions about how architectural conservation should work — and whom such projects are really for.

#architecture, #art, #churches-buildings, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indigenous-people, #mexico, #michoacan-mexico, #restoration-and-renovation

Did the First Americans Arrive via Land Bridge? This Geneticist Says No.

In “Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas,” Jennifer Raff combines archaeology, genetics, linguistics and more to argue against a longstanding theory.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bones, #books-and-literature, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #indigenous-people, #origin-a-genetic-history-of-the-americas-book, #paleontology, #race-and-ethnicity, #raff-jennifer, #science-and-technology

Ecuador Court Gives Indigenous Groups a Boost in Mining and Drilling Disputes

The ruling, which requires the government to seek consent for new projects, could put the brakes on the president’s plan to increase oil production.

#amazon-jungle, #avaaz-org, #biodiversity, #ecuador, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #lasso-guillermo, #mines-and-mining, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Redwood Forest in California Is Returned to Native Tribes

Ownership of more than 500 acres of a forest in Mendocino County was returned to 10 sovereign tribes who will serve as guardians to “protect and heal” the land.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #indigenous-people, #mendocino-county-calif, #wilderness-areas

Guatemalan Militia Men Get 30 Years for Wartime Atrocities

Five members of a pro-government paramilitary group were convicted of crimes against humanity that were committed against five Indigenous women during the country’s civil war.

#giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #indigenous-people, #sandoval-juan-francisco, #sex-crimes, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Revival for New Zealand’s Moriori Nearly Pushed to Cultural Death

The Moriori, whose history of peaceful isolation was shattered by violent subjugation, are fighting to establish themselves as a thriving people alongside the Maori.

#indigenous-people, #maori, #moriori, #new-zealand

‘Expedition Content’ Review: Anthropological Maneuvers in the Dark

An engrossing documentary looks back at a 1961 expedition to New Guinea and the creation of the landmark ethnographic film that resulted.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dead-birds-movie, #documentary-films-and-programs, #expedition-content-movie, #gardner-robert-1925-2014, #indigenous-people, #indonesia, #karel-ernst, #kusumaryati-veronika, #new-guinea, #rockefeller-michael-c

Canada Pledges 40 Billion Dollars in Indigenous Child Welfare Battle

The government said it would pay a landmark 40 billion Canadian dollars to repair the system, potentially ending a lawsuit brought 15 years ago.

#canada, #children-and-childhood, #indigenous-people

A Tribe’s Bitter Purge Brings an Unusual Request: Federal Intervention

After cutting 306 people from its rolls, the Nooksack tribe is moving to evict those who remain in tribal housing. The dispute has raised questions about individual rights and tribal sovereignty.

#bureau-of-indian-affairs, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #evictions, #indigenous-people, #native-americans, #washington-state

Can a Tiny Territory in the South Pacific Power Tesla’s Ambitions?

Nickel is vital to electric car batteries, but extracting it is dirty and destructive. A plant with a turbulent history in New Caledonia is about to become an experiment in sustainable mining.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #indigenous-people, #mines-and-mining, #new-caledonia, #nickel, #tesla-motors-inc, #vale-sa

Canada and Indigenous People Settle Over Drinking Water

A court-approved settlement will compensate Indigenous people for the decades that many have lived with dirty water, and will also fund the clean up.

#canada, #compensation-for-damages-law, #indigenous-people, #reparations, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trudeau-justin, #water, #water-pollution

Should Police Investigate Residential Schools Cases in Canada?

The Six Nations in Ontario have set up a special group to oversee the investigation of student deaths, in a rare collaboration between an Indigenous group and the police.

#british-columbia-canada, #canada, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #royal-canadian-mounted-police

2 Canadian Journalists Arrested at Indigenous Protest Are Freed on Bail

Journalist groups denounced the arrest of a photographer and a filmmaker covering an Indigenous pipeline protest in British Columbia.

#british-columbia-canada, #canada, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #indigenous-people, #news-and-news-media, #pipelines, #politics-and-government

A Thanksgiving History Lesson, in a Handful of Corn

The cornmeal that has become a staple of the holiday table reflects millenniums of work by Native Americans — a legacy that Indigenous people are trying to keep alive.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #corn, #indigenous-people, #native-americans, #pilgrims-plymouth-mass, #thanksgiving-day, #united-states

In Mexico, an Indigenous Women’s Softball Team Breaks Barriers

A Mayan team from a small community on the Yucatán Peninsula has caused a sensation by excelling as its athletes play barefoot and wear traditional dresses, breaking barriers with every game.

#indigenous-people, #mayans, #mexico, #softball, #women-and-girls, #yucatan-peninsula-mexico

Lee Maracle, Combative Indigenous Author, Dies at 71

She collected signatures to persuade publishers that people would buy her books. She became a foundational figure in Indigenous literature.

#books-and-literature, #canada, #deaths-obituaries, #discrimination, #indigenous-people, #maracle-lee-1950-2021, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

Will Indonesia Edge Its Way into the Space Race?

An Indigenous clan fears it will lose its place in the world as the government pursues a quest to open a spaceport and lure the billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

#indigenous-people, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp

Whose Writing Is on the Wall at the Museum? It Could Be Yours.

Museums striving for diversity and inclusiveness are bringing in outside voices to interpret the art. (They’re not always experts.)

#art, #indigenous-people, #museums, #new-york-historical-society