Survival International, June 17, 2016
Members of Brazil’s Awá tribe have blockaded a railroad owned by Vale mining company in the eastern Amazon.
The company has moved to expand the railroad, but the Awá say the expansion will increase the number and size of trains which transport iron ore from the Carajás mine to the port of São Luis – and that this will make it harder for them to hunt for food. Read the rest of this entry
First Nation suspects Manitoba Hydro involved after sacred site damaged
By Jillian Taylor, CBC News, May 12, 2016
A northern Manitoba First Nation has put up a road block to keep Manitoba Hydro workers from three sites.
Fox Lake Cree Nation Chief, Walter Spence, said the decision was made after a ceremonial site was desecrated.
“One of our members happened to be out on the land and came across the site,” said Spence. “The prayer flags that were tied to trees, those trees were cut down…tobacco ties [were] on the ground as well.” Read the rest of this entry
Warrior chief John Levi says ‘It’s about time we made a stand and got our community back’ from influx of drugs
By Tori Weldon, CBC News, Apr 28, 2016
John Levi, the warrior chief at Elsipogtog First Nation, is planning to erect roadblocks on the three routes into the Mi’kmaq community in an attempt to curtail what he says is a steady stream of street drugs entering the reserve.
“It’s been many years that we’ve had problems with drugs in our reserve,” said Levi. Read the rest of this entry
WAIMEA, Hawaii – Kaho’okahi Kanuha was found not guilty by Judge Barbare Takase at the Third-Circuit District Court in Waimea.
Kanuha was charged with obstructing Thirty Meter Telescope crews on the Mauna Kea Access Road on June 24, 2015. He was one of 12 arrested on the mountain that day. Kanuha was a leader in the effort to block construction of the TMT which was granted the right to proceed with the project by the state. The $1.4 billion observatory was set to be located on the northern plateau of the Mauna Kea summit, an area prized by astronomers for being one of the best spots in the world from which to observe the cosmos. The Hawaii Supreme Court later invalidated the telescope’s conservation district use permit, remanding the project back to the start of its permit process, effectively delaying construction for years. The high court ruled that the state did not follow proper procedure when it awarded the permit. Read the rest of this entry
Grassroots blockade against logging trucks north of Kenora, Ont. started on Dec. 2, 2002
By Jody Porter, CBC News, Dec 3, 2015
In the beginning, Randy Fobister of Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, disagreed with community members who were stopping logging trucks from entering their traditional territory, but 13 years later the deputy chief says “it’s really important the blockade is still there.” Read the rest of this entry
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by Rick Kearns, Indian Country Today, Sept 25, 2015
Indigenous people in Guatemala were in the front lines of anti-government protests in late August, just a week before the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina on September 2. Perez Molina was then arrested on charges that he participated in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme.
But indigenous activists, along with tens of thousands of other Guatemalans, had been protesting against many of his policies since the Spring, which culminated in three days of non-stop protests from August 25-27.
By Denise Titian, Ha-Shilth-Sa, September 15, 2015
A small group of fish farm protesters calling themselves Ahousaht Muuschim and supporters accepted an invitation to meet with Ahousaht leadership and other band members at the Thunderbird Hall Sept. 14.
Tyee Ha’wilth (head chief) Lewis Maquinna George extended the invitation after protesters blocked the installation of Cermaq’s salmon farm just north of Ahousaht.
Chief Councillor Greg Louie spoke to Ha-Shilth-Sa immediately following the meeting, which included employees of Cermaq who are Ahousaht members. Read the rest of this entry
by Alexandra Morton, Vimeo, Sept 12, 2015
People around the world have tried to protect their home waters from salmon farms for 20 years. On September 9, 2015 Ahousaht people stepped onto a fish farm as it was trying to anchor to their territory and told the crew to leave.