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Santa Ysabel Tribe of Kumeyaay Indians became the first Indigenous Nation in California and the fifth Nation in the United States to affirm marriage equality for its citizens.
Santa Ysabel Tribe joins the Coquille Tribe of Oregon (2008), Suquamish
Tribe of Washington (2011), Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
in Michigan (2013), and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan
(2013) in supporting marriage equality.
The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) passed a resolution declaring their traditional lands to be “frack free”
and calling on the Yukon government to prohibit all fracking in the
territory. The CYFN represents eleven of the fourteen First Nation
governments in the Yukon Territory.
Pressed by two months of resistance, the Brazilian Government finally suspended the construction of hydro dams in Tapajós River region. The Munduruku
Peoples organized a multitude of actions including two occupations that
paralyzed construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant for a
total of 17 days. They also halted the Tapajós study group which
intended to carry out unsanctioned studies on rivers Tapajós and Teles
Pires, where 13 thousand Munduruku people live. While the Munduruku
welcomed the government’s decision, they are considering it as nothing
more that a partial victory. States the head of the Munduruku
Paygomuyatpu, “We will continue in our struggle… We want the studies and
works to be cancelled.”
The EZLN, in honor of a highly-respected Purépecha
leader, announced the creation of a traveling Indigenous seminar that
will provide a forum “in which the Indigenous Peoples of the continent
can be heard by those who have an attentive and respectful ear for their
word, their history, and their resistance.” The announcement was support by more than 30 Indigenous organizations and governments.
Indigenous Peoples in the Province of Kalinga, Philippines, blocked a mining company, Carrascal Nickel Corporation (CNC), from entering their ancestral lands. Discussing the action with Northern Dispatch,
a Balatoc woman said that the company failed to obtain the necessary
FPIC before commencing with any mining in the area. Instead, the woman
explained, CNC acquired signatures of several community members during
routine medical missions before entering into an agreement with two
individuals claiming to be Tribal leaders.
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