• Amazon ancestral land not up for sale, says 'Green Nobel' winner
    Nemonte Nenquimo, first female leader of the Waorani, won a landmark court case to protect half a million acres of rainforest   BOGOTA, November 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a girl growing up in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, Nemonte Nenquimo would listen to stories passed down from her ancestors about how the Waorani indigenous people preserved their forests and defended their lands from settlers and oil companies. Those tales of survival and resistance later ins
  • Indigenous Amazon activist fights to save forest and tribe's future
    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is an inspiration for Samela Sateré-Mawe, but more so are her roots in Amazon indigenous culture MANAUS, Brazil, October 10 (Reuters) - Samela Sateré-Mawé, a 24-year-old biology student, has one guiding belief - if the rainforest dies so will her Amazon tribe. "Indigenous people are an extension of nature, and nature is an extension of us," said the environmental activist, who joined Greta Thunberg's Fridays for F
  • 'Nobody has done anything': Amazon indigenous group decries illegal mining
    Munduruku indigenous leaders say their land is being invaded as gold prices rise, and efforts to fight the problem are inadequate   SAO PAULO, September 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Amazon indigenous group that earlier turned away a planned hydroelectric dam is now battling a surge of illegal gold mining in its territory during the COVID-19 pandemic, a tribal activist said. The Sawré Muybu territory of the Munduruku indigenous people, in Brazil's Par&aacu
  • Growing calls to scrap 'racist' names for Australian landmarks
    Indigenous activists want places named after colonialists to revert to traditional names that have been used for 60,000 years   BRISBANE, August 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like many indigenous Australians, Pat Dudgeon grew up in the shadow of a mountain range that made her feel inferior and "conquered" on her own traditional lands. The King Leopold Ranges, a mountain chain in Western Australia, were named after the Belgian ruler King Leopold II, whose regime
  • Privatisation 'wave' hurts poor as pandemic heightens risks
    Countries trying to boost economic growth are privatising land and other resources, uprooting rural and indigenous communities   BANGKOK, July 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A push to privatise land and other resources in countries from Ukraine to Papua New Guinea is hurting indigenous people and the rural poor, while increasing the risks linked to climate change, researchers at a U.S.-based think tank said on Tuesday.   From a rise in deforestation in the Amazon
  • Illegal loggers kill Amazon indigenous warrior who guarded forest, wound another
    BRASILIA, November 2  (Reuters): Illegal loggers in the Amazon ambushed an indigenous group that was formed to protect the forest and shot dead a young warrior and wounded another, leaders of the Guajajara tribe in northern Brazil said on Saturday.   Paulo Paulino Guajajara, or Lobo (which means 'wolf' in Portuguese), was hunting on Friday inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state when he was attacked and shot in the head. Another Guajajara, Laercio, was wounde
  • Dimapur Ao Senso Lanur Telongjem on mission mode to ‘rescue’ Mother Tongue
    The 10-member DALT language committee and others during the release of the book at DABA on October 19. (Morung Photo)   Morung Express News  Dimapur | October 19  Since October 20,  2018, the Dimapur Ao Senso Lanur Telongjem (DALT) has been on a quest on a mission mode - to ‘rescue’ Ao language for perceived vulnerability, and revive its usages among younger generation. Exactly one year after, DALT’s initiative bear its first fruit today with th