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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... More

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 strugg... More

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.”... More

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 a... More

Canadian Oil Company Pulls Out of National Park in Peruvian Amazon

Canadian Oil Company Pulls Out of National Park in Peruvian AmazonA Canadian oil and gas company has decided to halt a huge concession in the Peruvian Amazon which was seen as a threat to uncontacted indigenous tribes.... More

Indigenous group takes Brazil to court in landmark case

Indigenous group takes Brazil to court in landmark caseSAO PAULO, April 21 - An international human rights commission has accused Brazil of failing to obey its own constitution and ringfence ancient tribal territories in a landmark cou... More

Peruvian Court: Indigenous Communities Must Be Consulted Before Drilling

Peruvian Court: Indigenous Communities Must Be Consulted Before DrillingA Peruvian court has upheld the right of Awajun and Wampis indigenous communities to be consulted about oil drilling on their land, in a case supported by Catholic Church leaders.... More

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Wisdom Keeper of The Month

Rita Pitka Blumenstein

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A Yup’ik tribal elder, Rita Pitka Blumenstein is one of the 13 grandmothers of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a global alliance that teaches ancestral ways of prayer, education,
and healing. Born on a fishing boat and raised in Tununak, Alaska, she is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, aunt, sister, and friend. Blumenstein has worked at many hospitals delivering babies as a doctor’s aide and is now a tribal doctor at the South Central Foundation, where she uses plants and energy medicine for healing. She also has traveled extensively, teaching native Alaskan basket weaving, song, dance, and the “talking circle,” to earn money for Native American Colleges.

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Book of The Month

The Re-Enchantment

By Hank Wesselman

The Re-Enchantment by Hank WesselmanIn a time when our scientific understanding of the universe has never been greater, why do so many people feel unhappy and alienated? As Dr. Hank Wesselman explains, our search for
objective knowledge has come at the cost of a deeper, intuitive rapport with nature and our spiritual selves. The result is a profound disenchantment, one that affects us individually and collectively. What we need now is a “re-enchantment”—a way to renew our relationship with nature, reawaken to spiritual reality, and reclaim the sense of connection and hope that gives meaning to our lives.

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Film of The Month

Healers of the Maya (Curanderos de los Mayas)

By José Gutiérrez

Healers of the Maya (Curanderos de los Mayas) by José GutiérrezFive hundred years after the European conquest of Mexico, the institution of the curandero, or healer, continues to survive among the indigenous Maya of the Yucatan peninsula. In fact, many indigenous
Mexicans have immigrated to the United States and brought their beliefs about health care with them. The curanderos are older, respected members of Mayan society, experienced herbalists, psychologist, and community leaders. They have integrated many features of Western society into their world: Christianity is an integral part of their practice, and many of them accept a role for Western medicine. Their world is vibrant, ancient, wise, and colorful, but fast disappearing.

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