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Links 1 through 7 of 7 by Latoya Peterson tagged indigenousrights

"What I wonder about, though, is why Native people went to so much effort to prove this in court. While some non-Native Canadians feel that First Nations are being demanding, or are favoured by special rules that apply only to them, I actually think the Natives are being quite tolerant of the fact that our presence is here at all.
"I am reminded of something one of my Nuu-chah-nulth friends said to me years ago. I had mentioned the reserve where he lived, and he turned to me abruptly. 'Don't call my village a reserve,' he said. Just words. But there is so much loaded into those words. His home village has been inhabited for thousands of years, possibly as many as 5,000 years. Call it a village, and you acknowledge that history, that connection. Call it a reserve, and you accept that the land is owned by the Canadian government, that its inhabitants live there by the government's grace."

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"Worse is Hart's use of the 'perpetual victims' claim. This implies that Indians are pretending to be victims to get rich from casinos. That they have no real reason to complain.

"In reality, Americans are still victimizing Indians in many ways: broken treaties, budget shortfalls, court decisions, environmental harm, racial discrimination, etc. It's not 'playing the victim card' if you're an actual victim. It's called demanding justice, something minorities have had to do for centuries."

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"The march also provided the ‘Unist’ot’en with an opportunity to offer support to the allies who had come in to support the action. The Tsilhqot’in Nation members from Tl’etinqox (Anaham) and Tl’esqox asserted their rights to stop proposed plans for Prosperity Mine to develop a copper and gold body that will destroy and drain a sacred lake called Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) in their traditional territories. The Lubicon Cree of central Alberta spoke of their work to have their rights and title asserted on unceded lands. The Athabasca Dene and Mikisew Cree of Northeastern Alberta are fighting for their very lives with the ongoing Tar Sands contamination of their aquifers and ecosystems which are creating a deadly epidemic of rare cancers among their population."

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"The altered bill, approved by the House in February, would have recognized the Hawaiian governing council as 'an Indian tribe.' Much of what that entailed was 'unsuited for the state of Hawaii' and 'will certainly engender new disputes over the status of much of the land in Hawaii,' objected Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett."

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"Some of the indigenous communities in the Amazon area are already autonomous while others are still struggling for that. In the process of applying and establishing resolutions and various decrees maps are a big help for establishing legitimate relationship with the official and actually support written documents with professional maps. Fernando comes from Colombia but the mapping takes place in the whole Amazon region as they define it on their own:

“There are several ways to define the limits of the Amazon (*). For this map the Amazon is the sum of the political limits of the Amazonian regions of each country. In Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela they match the biogeographical boundary, in Ecuador and Colombia, they relate to the municipalities or counties that comprise the biogeographical boundary, and in Brazil it is an administrative definition called “Legal Amazon.”"

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[In a group] of foreign ministers invited to a Canadian forum on the Arctic, designed to further cooperation in the region [there was not an indigenous person in the lot.]...And U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is mad about that. Not a single representative from the region’s indigenous groups was invited to yesterday’s Arctic Coastal forum, she says, according to this story by Rob Gillies of the Associated Press. Clinton didn’t hold back. In remarks termed by the Canadian press as a “bombshell,” Clinton said that “Significant international discussions on Arctic issues should include those who have legitimate interests in the region. And I hope the Arctic will always showcase our ability to work together, not create new divisions.”

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Their kingdom long ago overthrown, Native Hawaiians seeking redress are closer than they've ever been to reclaiming a piece of Hawaii. Native Hawaiians are the last remaining indigenous group in the United States that hasn't been allowed to establish their own government, a right already extended to Alaska Natives and 564 Native American tribes. With a final vote pending in the U.S. Senate and Hawaii-born President Barack Obama on their side, the nation's 400,000 Native Hawaiians could earn federal recognition as soon as this month _ and the land, money and power that comes with it. They measure passed the U.S. House last month.

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