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Do Indians Look "Hispanic" or Do "Hispanics" Look Indian? (must see video !)

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  • ghwelker3@comcast.net
    Do Indians Look Hispanic or Do Hispanics Look Indian? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2G8PLgmzqk
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 1, 2009
      Do Indians Look "Hispanic" or Do "Hispanics" Look Indian?


    • ghwelker3@comcast.net
      Oil firms and loggers push indigenous people to brink of extinction
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 1, 2009
        Oil firms and loggers 'push indigenous people to brink of extinction'

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/may/28/indigenous-tribes-survival-international-peru-brazil-praguay ~See Video @ Websource!



        'Uncontacted' tribes forced to flee armed gangs and bulldozers in forests of Peru, Brazil and Paraguay, says Survival International

        John Vidal, environment editor

        guardian.co.uk, Thursday 28 May 2009 13.29 BST
        Five "uncontacted" tribes are at imminent risk of extinction as oil companies, colonists and loggers invade their territiories. The semi-nomadic groups, who live deep in the forests of Peru, Brazil and Paraguay, are vulnerable to common western diseases such as flu and measles but also risk being killed by armed gangs, according to a report by Survival International, which identifies the five groups as the most threatened on Earth.

        Sixty members of the Awá tribe are said to be fleeing from gangs of loggers and ranchers on their land near Maranhão, Brazil. "Logging roads have been bulldozed through a part of their territory, where the uncontacted groups are living. The ranchers want land to graze cattle for beef. The loggers regularly block roads to prevent government teams from entering the area to investigate," says David Hill, a Survival researcher and co-author of the report.

        Little is known about the group of 50 Indians who live along the River Pardo in the western Brazilian Amazon, although there is plenty of evidence for their existence, including communal houses, arrows, baskets, hammocks, and footprints along river banks. "Loggers operating out of Colniza have forced them to be constantly on the run, unable to cultivate crops and relying solely on hunting, gathering and fishing. It is believed that the women have stopped giving birth," says the report.

        Perenco, an Anglo-French oil company working in a proposed Indian reserve in northern Peru, is endangering several uncontacted tribes, says the report. "The company plans to send hundreds of workers into the region. In recent weeks, indigenous protesters have blockaded the Napo river in order to prevent Perenco boats from passing. In response, a naval gunboat was called in to break the blockade."

        One group is believed to be a sub-group of the Waorani, and another is known as the Pananujuri. Perenco denies the tribes exist.

        Other tribes in trouble include several living near the Envira river in the Peruvian Amazon. "They are being forced to flee across the border into nearby Brazil. Despite being provided with evidence of their existence, Peru's government has failed to accept that uncontacted Indians are fleeing from Peru to Brazil. Peru's president, Alan Garcia, has suggested the tribes do not exist," says the report.

        Ranchers are bulldozing land where a fifth group lives – the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode in the Chaco forest of western Paraguay. This week a Paraguayan court ruled that a company had the right to log on their land, further endangering their existence.

        There are believed to be more than 100 uncontacted groups in the world. They are concentrated in Latin America, and aerial photographs of one uncontacted tribe in Brazil's Acre state captured headlines a year ago. But as many as 40 could live in West Papua, where vast areas of forest and mountain have been barely explored.

        "They remain in isolation because they choose to, and because encounters with the outside world have brought them only violence, disease and murder. They are among the most vulnerable peoples on Earth, and could be wiped out within the next 20 years unless their land rights are recognised and upheld," said Stephen Corry, director of Survival.

        * guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2009




        TONATIERRA                                          Press Release
        For Immediate Release
        May 29, 2009

        Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta, Shannon Rivers (480) 220-6766
        Email: chantlaca@...

        IV Continental Indigenous Summit Abya Yala

        Unites Indigenous Decolonization Movement

        Puno, Peru- Gathered at the shore of Lake Titicaca, sacred site of the ancient Tiwanaku cultures of the Aymara and Quechua Nations, five thousand delegates of Indigenous Peoples from throughout the continent of Abya Yala [the Americas] today initiated the IV Continental Indigenous Summit Abya Yala with spiritual ceremonies and a march of continental solidarity.

        Lake Titicaca, which is bordered by the countries of Bolivia and Peru, at 11,400 feet elevation is the location of what is considered to be the most ancient homeland of the Confederation of the Condor.  In union with the Confederation of the Eagle of Abya Yala North, at the opening ceremonies of the Abya Yala Summit the spirit of the Continental Confederation of the Eagle and the Condor was invoked by summit organizers, as they introduced and presented delegations of indigenous peoples from the entire hemisphere.

        Present from Abya Yala North, were delegations from Mexico, USA, and Canada who plan to meet during the summit to formalize a regional compact of communication, coordination, and commitments in order to address issues collectively and strategically as Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala North.  Addressing the inaugural session of the IV Summit Abya Yala, Tupac Enrique Acosta of Izkalotlan Pueblo, also clarified the distinction of indigenous peoples in relation to the US-Mexico border, stating that “We did not cross the border, the border has tried to cross us,” and that  “As indigenous peoples of Abya Yala, we are not immigrants in our own continent.”

        In fact, the Human Rights issues of Indigenous Peoples related to international borders of the states of the Organization of American States – OAS is the theme of one of the working groups of the IV Abya Yala Summit, and where Jose Matus of the Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras of Tucson, Arizona will be sharing the experiences of border issues such as militarization, human rights violations and border crossing policies for Indigenous Peoples.  As the US government is staging the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative for implementation, the IV Summit Abya Yala proposed to address the issue comprehensively at the continental level of national and hemispheric policy that would include for the first time the position of Indigenous Peoples rights of self determination.

        A specific point of reference in all of the deliberations during the working group session is the adoption on September 13thof 2007 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and its implementation across the continent of Abya Yala.

        Also in attendance from Abya Yala North is Larson Bill of the Western Shoshone Nation who is to address the Abya Yala Summit on the issue of the impact of mining and extractive industries on indigenous territories and the demand of free, prior and informed consent for any form of development on indigenous lands.

        Shannon Rivers, of the Akimel O’Otham Gila River Peoples also brings to the summit the process of education, engagement, and commitment that has been led in Arizona to establish the framework of Indigenous Peoples Day, and annual event that affirms the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  One of the tasks of the Abya Yala North alliance (Canada-US-Mexico), is the endorsement of the UNDRIP by the three NAFTA governments as a prerequisite for any trade agreements whether already negotiated or to be negotiated.

        In this same regard, Trade Agreements across the hemisphere are priority issues of immediate concern at the IV Abya Yala Summit.  Presently in the Amazon region of Peru, indigenous peoples have declared insurgency and a military intervention in the Amazon region is in effect, as the Peruvian government attempts to usurp indigenous peoples territorial rights, and proprietary rights, by signing extraction contracts with multination petroleum interests and other extractive industries.  The IV Indigenous Summit Abya Yala has taken a strong stand of solidarity with the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon, acting upon the message brought to the inaugural assembly by one of the representatives from that region.

        The same scenario in terms of trade agreements is taking place in Colombia, Ecuador, and through the continent in different degrees of assault and collusion with government officials to the point that the statement has been made that: “ These aren’t governments, they’re accomplices.”

        In contrast, President Evo Morales of Plurinational State of Bolivia sent a message of greetings and solidarity to the IV Indigenous Summit Abya Yala, saying:

        “We should not forget that for the liberation of our peoples, we must recognize that the land does not belong to us; instead we belong to the land.”

        Speaking from the unique position of a president of a recognized republic, a member state of both the OAS and the United Nations, the statement read in its entirety to the opening assembly of the summit also framed one of the boldest, and ambitious goals of the movement given expression by the IV Summit Abya Yala.  In his opening remarks at the inaugural ceremony, Miguel Palacin of the Coordinating body of Indigenous Organization stated that the path of the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala was to join in confederation with all other indigenous peoples of the planet with the purpose of constructing an alternative parallel structure of global governance to the UN system.  The activities of the IV Summit Abya Yala for the next two days are intended to allow for discussion and dialogue on the challenges of such a global initiative: the plan to save Mother Earth.


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        IV Continental Indigenous Summit Abya Yala Unites Indigenous Decolonization Movement

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        $255 million for Native American and Native Hawaiian Housing http://www.whitehouse.gov/search/?keywords=Native%20Americans All 38 articles
        Message 3 of 3 , Jun 2, 2009

          $255 million for Native American and Native Hawaiian Housing


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