Honduras: One Year of Resistance in Rio Blanco

It Keeps Rolling Until Nothing Is Left

It should be obvious to first world people that this is what Civilization does. It has been going on since civilization began. It is what happens when patriarchy and technology get married.

Guarani anger over teenager’s death 18 March 2013

Guarani Indians have traveled to Brasília to warn of the violence they are forced to endure.
Guarani Indians have traveled to Brasília to warn of the violence they are forced to endure.
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Guarani Indians have traveled to Brazil’s capital, Brasília, to warn of the ‘complete disrespect’ and ‘permanent human rights violations’ they are suffering as a wave of death and violence has swept over their communities.

Last month, 15-year-old Guarani boy Denilson Barbosa was shot dead, reportedly by the owner of the ranch which occupies part of the Indians’ ancestral land.

Since then, several communities have reported gunmen intimidating them and firing shots into the air, and three Guarani have died of unknown causes. Their deaths are being treated as mysterious.

Guarani leaders have received death threats via anonymous phone calls, and they fear their movements are being closely monitored by the ranchers’ gunmen.

Having seen much of their land taken from them to make way for ranches and sugarcane plantations, thousands of Guarani now live in overcrowded reserves or roadside camps. Their efforts to take back their ancestral land, rightfully theirs according to Brazilian and international law, often result in violence.

The delegation of seven Guarani leaders met with various government authorities in Brasília, and urged them to map out Guarani lands and implement an emergency security program as soon as possible.

They also called for the rancher thought to be responsible for Barbosa’s death to be investigated and brought to trial.

Many Guarani have been killed by gunmen in recent decades, and in almost every case, the perpetrators have not been punished.

Earlier this year, hundreds of Guarani commemorated the ten year anniversary of the killing of internationally renowned leader Marcos Veron. His killers remain free.

Amazon Indians unite against Canadian oil giant

What is more important? Your oil or their right to live as they see fit? Civilization says your oil.

Amazon Indians from Peru and Brazil have joined together to stop a Canadian oil company destroying their land and threatening the lives of uncontacted tribes.

Hundreds of Matsés Indians gathered on the border of Peru and Brazil last Saturday and called on their governments to stop the exploration, warning that the work will devastate their forest home.

The oil giant Pacific Rubiales is headquartered in Canada and has already started oil exploration in ‘Block 135’ in Peru, which lies directly over an area proposed as an uncontacted tribes reserve.

In a rare interview with Survival, a Matsés woman said, ‘Oil will destroy the place where our rivers are born. What will happen to the fish? What will the animals drink?’

Urgent Action for the indigenous Guarani community of Arroio Korá

The Guarani community of Arroio Korá has been attacked by gunmen trying to expel the community from their ancestral lands in southwestern Brazil.

According to the community, the gunmen spent “hours” terrorizing the community, shooting their weapons, shouting threats and burning crops. One indigenous person, Eduardo Pires, was also kidnapped by the gunmen. He has not been since.

Amnesty International released the following action alert in support of Arroio Korá.

Note: this is an unofficial translation of Amnesty International’s August 17 alert. You can read the original alert in Portuguese here

URGENT ACTION

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY ATTACKED AND THREATENED

The indigenous community of Arroio Korá in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, central-western Brazil, was attacked by gunmen who attempted to remove them from their ancestral lands. One indigenous member of the community is missing, feared to have been killed. There is a risk of further violence.

According to the community, on August 10, about 50 armed men surrounded the encampment that brought together 400 people, in the municipality of Paranhos, on the border with Paraguay. For several hours the gunmen opened fire, shouted threats and burned crops, and community members fled into the nearby forest. One of the indigenous persons, Eduardo Pires, disappeared during the attack; the community said he was taken by the gunmen and fears that he has been murdered. The next day Geni Centurião, a two year old girl, died. The cause of death has not yet been officially established, but the community says the child fell ill during the attack and that it was impossible to feed her.

The Federal Police were at the scene shortly after the attack, but the community complained that the authorities have not given due attention to the disappearance of Eduardo Pires, and that they are in urgent need of permanent protection. The Federal Public Ministry asked the Federal Police to initiate an inquiry into the attack. According to the NGO the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), there is a serious threat of new attacks against the community. Several indigenous communities have been attacked under similar circumstances in the municipality of Paranhos in recent years.

Indigenous Languages

I was wondering if anyone knew where to find references to indigenous languages? For example, the word "suffering" is a linguistic construct that I think might be held only by "civilized" society. It might be that those who lived (live) in cooperation with the world and death would not have such a concept.

I'm curious because it seems that civilization is a upward spiraling circle of problems and solutions and new problems that get more and more numerous. I would suspect that indigenous languages would not have words for many of the concepts we hold. Evil might be another one.

Thanks

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES LOCKED IN STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE

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* While commanding the Continental Army to liberate the colonies from the British yoke, George Washington informed his troops they could “kill every Indian” that had set up a village along the Missouri and Mohawk rivers.

* The same Thomas Jefferson who earlier wrote the stirring words “all men are created equal,” as president called for hunting down Native Americans as they would “a wolf.”

* On the day that Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation he approved the execution of 38 Dakota Native Americans for “stealing” a cow that had wandered onto their reservation.

* As for Theodore Roosevelt, whose face appears with the above-cited presidents on Mount Rushmore, he created a 52-million-acre National Park system—-much of it taken from reservation land that had been officially designated for Native Americans.

If these disturbing stories are not being taught to American schoolchildren today it may be because Tiokasin Ghosthorse, host and producer of “First Voices Indigenous Radio,” is not in charge of the curriculum. He makes assertions that would surprise most people raised believing traditional American values—-and that omit such charges against our presidents. A native of the Lakota tribe of South Dakota, Ghosthorse is perhaps the world’s leading advocate for the viewpoints of some 350 million indigenous people from the rain forests of Brazil to the islands of Polynesia, including the survivors of the European invasion of North America, which Ghosthorse dubs “our First World War.”

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The American Indian Movement of Colorado Call To Action in Support of Bolivia

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On December 18, 2010, the United States announced its “support” of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The story below causes one to wonder if the US officials have actually read the Declaration. The US position indicates the sham of US “support,” and reveals the intention of the US to manipulate the Declaration for its own purposes. Colorado AIM urges concerned people to support the government of Bolivia, and to contact the US State Department today to object to US position that infringes on the right of indigenous peoples in southern Indigenous America to cultivate and use their traditional medicine - coca.Read more at colorado-aim.blogspot.com
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