Indigenous Rights

Vina Brown (Heiltsuk) and Heiltsuk and Haida dancers at the ceremonial gathering before the meetings began welcomed participants.

June 5, 2024

Asserting Our Power by Connecting with Each Other: Growing Interest in a US Network of Indigenous Guardians

Michael Painter and Nancy Kelsey

Young Lummi Nation Blackhawk  dancers filled a hall in northern Washington State with joy and hope at a gathering in April.

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Residencies of Indigenous Peoples living in isolation in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo: Regional Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the East (Orpio).

May 30, 2024

In a Major Victory for Indigenous Peoples, Peru Establishes Reserve for Peoples in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact

The decision marks a long-awaited victory for Indigenous rights and environmental protection in the Amazon rainforest.

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Sepik Peoples rowing on a boat along the Sepik River.

March 4, 2024

Part II: The Fight for Free, Prior and Informed Consent for the Indigenous Peoples along the Sepik River

Nancy Kelsey

This article is the second in a two-part series about the years-long battle faced by the Sepik Peoples to halt the construction of a gold and copper mine on the Frieda River, an upper tributary of the Sepik River.

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View of a home on the sepik river

March 4, 2024

Part I: The Sepik Peoples' years-long battle to halt mining along the Frieda River in Papua New Guinea

Nancy Kelsey

This article is the first in a two-part series about the years-long battle faced by the Sepik Peoples to halt the construction of a gold and copper mine on the Frieda River, an upper tributary of the Sepik River.

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Forest Coverage in the Upper Cuyuni Region close to the Guyana-Venezuela Border. Credit: Amerindian People Association (APA)

February 29, 2024

Essequibo: How the Tensions between Venezuela and Guyana are Affecting Indigenous Peoples

Though tensions have diminished since last December, the threat of a dispute on Guyana’s border with Venezuela intensifies the conflicts that Indigenous Peoples in Guyana are already experiencing.

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Policy apprentices group picture at UNPFII, April 2023

February 2, 2024

Centering Indigenous Rights in Global Policy: A Year of Advocacy

2023 was a defining period in advancing Indigenous rights within global policy forums.

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