With the world’s supply of natural resources increasingly depleted or polluted, the carefully protected repository on indigenous lands is now a target of big business. Globalization has increased the risks for indigenous peoples living on lands that contain such strategic resources as water, oil, gas, forests, minerals, and biodiversity. All this - not to mention knowledge, plants, animals, and human genetic information - are subject to privatization by government and to sale on the stock market.
Indigenous Territory & Resource Rights
Check out this video from San Francisco's action on the National Day to Defend Indigenous Rights in Honduras, September 10, 2013. For more information on how you can support indigenous communities defending their lands and resources from violence enacted by the government and corporate entities, check out our action alert here.
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
The hip-hop group Kunarevolution celebrate the Kuna Yala nation’s recent rejection of carbon trading. Photo: Beverly Bell.
Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution. They rap about Mother Earth and the Kuna’s inalienable right to protect their lands and waters.
At stake throughout Honduras, as throughout the world, are indigenous lands, forests, water, minerals, oil, gas, biodiversity, knowledge (otherwise known as intellectual property), rights, and autonomy. Stacked against all these are extraction, “development,” and profit by Honduran and international business, with backing from the Honduran government and US military aid. Rio Blanco, a Lenca indigenous community of 400 families, tells one story of plunder, violence, and resistance.
By Beverly Bell and Tory Field
Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series.
The indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco is in its fifth month of blocking an illegal damming operation on the sacred Gualcarque River. Here, the road to the river, blockaded. Photo: Beverly Bell.
On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders of the indigenous Lenca organization Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) must appear in court. Their charges? Usurpation of land, coercion, and causing more than $3 million in damages to DESA, a hydroelectric dam company. Berta, the general coordinator of COPINH and an internationally recognized social movement leader, is also facing separate charges of illegally carrying arms “to the danger of the internal security of Honduras.”
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION SEPT 10: PRESSURE THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TO CEASE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS MOVEMENT LEADERS
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
PRESSURE THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TO DROP CRIMINAL CHARGES & CEASE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS DEFENDERS OF LAND AND WATER
Tomás Gomez, Berta Caceres,and Aureliano Molina
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By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
An interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales.
Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, second from the left, in Mexico. Photo: Fernanda Robinson.
The following is from an interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, a Xoxocotla indigenous man from the state of Morelos, Mexico. He is a member of the Council of Peoples and the Xoxocotla Drinking Water Association.
Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we inherited. It never crosses our mind to leave them behind. Because in daily life we are always in contact with nature, with our lands, with our water, with our air. We live in harmony with nature because we don’t like the way that modernity is advancing, destroying our territory and our environment. We believe technological modernity is better named a death threat.
DECLARATION-- FIRST REGIONAL FORUM REGARDING THE MINING INDUSTRY AND ITS IMPACT ON INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES. MAGDALENA TEITIPAC AUGUST 17TH 2013
Important declaration created following the Regional Forum on Mining and Indigenous Communities:
The peoples, communities, and organizations that have gathered in the community of Magdalena Teitipac to analyze the impact of the mining industry on the region of the Tlacolula valley in Oaxaca; as well as to share the experiences of resistance of other affected communities and towns by mining projects both in their territory as well as in social issues.