Mexico Gets 1st Female Indigenous Presidential Candidate

Mexico Gets 1st Female Indigenous Presidential CandidateA council of Mexican indigenous groups backed by the Zapatista rebels on Sunday selected a Nahua woman as the country's first indigenous female presidential candidate. The Indigenous Governance Council picked Maria de Jesus Patricio to run in the 2018 election, issuing a statement saying that "we will seek to put her name on the ballot."

Colombia Police Shoot Indigenous People During Land Ceremony

Colombia Police Shoot Indigenous People During Land CeremonyThree police trucks opened fire at a “Liberation of Mother Earth” action in Corinto, dedicated to promoting environmentalism and Indigenous people’s rights to their ancestral lands.

Brazilian Commission Considers Scrapping Indigenous Rights Agency FUNAI

Brazilian Commission Considers Scrapping Indigenous Rights Agency FUNAIA Brazilian congressional commission has recommended dismantling the government’s indigenous rights agency, a move critics warn would threaten the lives of indigenous tribes struggling to maintain control of their native lands.

Venezuela: Indigenous Shamans Invoke Ancient Curse Against Socialists in Amazon Protest

Venezuela: Indigenous Shamans Invoke Ancient Curse Against Socialists in Amazon ProtestThe governor of the Amazonas state has organized a protest against socialism led by indigenous shamans and launching the opening salvo of “the curse of Dabukurí.”

Peru’s First Autonomous Indigenous Government Wins Major Victory Taking on Oil Companies

Peru’s First Autonomous Indigenous Government Wins Major Victory Taking on Oil CompaniesIn March, the community won a major victory, with the Fourth Constitutional Court of Lima ruling that a private oil company granted permission from the Peruvian government to run assessments on the Wampis’s land could not continue their work without the approval of the Indigenous group’s government.