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Indigenous Resistance Day

From the U.S. to Latin America, the Day of the Indigenous Resistance is increasingly displacing the celebration of Christopher Columbus' non-discovery of the continent in 1492 and the beginning of its so-called "civilization."

teleSUR marks this day celebrating the resistance of Indigenous peoples and highlighting our deep ongoing coverage of the fight for self-determination and survival by the original inhabitants of the Americas.

If You Watch One Thing

 

In Latin America, there are at least 826 different Indigenous Peoples. Some 100 of these groups are in danger of losing their culture or disappearing completely.

Toppling the Columbus Myth

 

October 12: Day of Indigenous Resistance

The so-called “discovery” of the America caused the worst demographic catastrophe of human history, with around 95 percent of the Indigenous population annihilated in the first 130 years of colonization. READ MORE

Latinos and Chicanos Reject Columbus, Embrace Indigenous Roots

"The leadership in the Latino community has a unique opportunity to decolonize in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day," writes Adriana Maestas. READ MORE

On Columbus Day, I Remember to Forget What I Was Taught

"Columbus Day is a day that can no longer be taught casually as the day that a white man discovered America," writes Priscila Mojica Rodriguez READ MORE

More Cities Ditch Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Nearly a century after the first proposals to celebrate perhaps the architect of arguably the worst genocide in history, Christopher Columbus, cities, states and universities in the U.S. are beginning to abandon the national holiday to instead honor Columbus' victims. READ MORE

VIDEO: Peoples' History

 

Each November, Americans celebrate a mythical version of U.S. history. Thanksgiving Day's portrayal of the experience of Native Americans under the boot of settler-colonialism is one of the Empire's most cherished falsehoods. To hear about the true story of native peoples' plight - from genocide to reeducation - Abby Martin interviews Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, renowned Indigenous scholar and activist, about her most recent book "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States."

Author and broadcaster Laura Flanders tackles the tough issues on this refreshingly invigorating news/talk show. October 12 is Indigenous Peoples Day, more commonly known as Columbus Day, a time for reflection on the conquest of the Americas. In today's program, Flanders interviews author and political activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, who discusses and analyzes Native American society before the colonial settlement and its lessons for today.

Standing Rock: Protecting the Water

 

Tribal Dakota Pipeline Resistance the Start of Something Bigger

This pipeline has sparked a prairie fire of united Native American resistance not seen since Wounded Knee, and a return of the Great Sioux Nation. READ MORE

US and Canadian Indigenous Nations Ally Against Oil Pipelines

While Indigenous groups have long opposed oil sands development, the treaty signals a more coordinated approach.READ MORE

Behind Standing Rock: Native N. America vs. Capitalist Ecocide

Standing Rock is ground zero in an epic people’s struggle, the "largest Native American mobilization in almost 150 years." READ MORE

The Vicious Dogs of Manifest Destiny Resurface in North Dakota

The company's violence and brutality is a sign that this pipeline is yet another example of the ongoing forced occupation of Great Sioux Nation lands. READ MORE

Resistance

 

The 5 Indigenous Struggles You've Never Heard of

On Indigenous Resistance Day, teleSUR looks at some Indigenous groups that rarely make headlines. READ MORE

8 Latin America Indigenous Rights Victories as Struggle Goes On

Despite systematic repression, powerful enemies, and ongoing discrimination and other challenges, Indigenous communities have achieved important wins in the past year in Latin America. Here are a few highlights of what tireless struggle has recently achieved for Indigenous communities. READ MORE

10 Latin American Indigenous Rights Warriors You Need to Know

Indigenous leaders around the world are on the front-lines of struggle against corporate exploitation, resource extraction, neoliberal policies, and other injustices impacting people and the environment. Here’s a look at some of the most prominent Indigenous leaders fighting for justice and human rights in Latin America. READ MORE

Zapatistas Demand Indigenous Unity to Fight Capitalist Slavery

The Zapatistas argued at the 20th anniversary National Indigenous Congress that resource exploitation will ultimately destroy the people. READ MORE

Decolonizing Identity: US Latinos Rediscover Native Roots

Indigenous groups from South of the U.S. constructed border are joining with Natives of the North to challenge colonialism. READ MORE

Mexico: 1,000 Wixarika Indigenous People Reclaim Ancestral Land

The Wixarika people in Mexico's Western Madre Sierra mountain range have fought for decades to reclaim some 10,000 hectares of ancestral land. READ MORE

Indigenous Activists Detain Panama's President for 2 Hours

The Indigenous protesters are upset about a government plan to develop a hydroelectric project they fear will destroy their lands. READ MORE

Bolivia Prepares Literacy Programs in 36 Indigenous Languages

Since Evo Morales took office illiteracy has been reduced from 13.3 percent to 2.9 percent, the lowest rate in the history of Bolivia. READ MORE

CNTE Teachers Strike 'Belongs to the People of Mexico'

“The only thing the so-called educational reform is causing is death and a deep contempt for Indigenous communities and peoples, for rural and urban communities, as well as for all marginalized social sectors,” stated the communities of the Ayuujk people. READ MORE

 

VIDEO: Indigenous Struggles

 

In Mexico, the Ocelotl Brigade defends the forest from poachers and illegal logging.

Indigenous people are fighting back against a disastrous copper mine.

The U.S. is trying to destroy Indigenous traditions in Bolivia? Possibly. They are even attempting to extradite the people who have been growing coca plants in this Latin American country for generations.

Indigenous people in Xochicuatla, Mexico are fighting government plans to displace thousands by building a mega-highway.

The Garifuna people are taking a revolutionary stance in Honduras. The people are a mix of Indigenous Caribbeans and Africans. They have been fighting for racial and cultural justice for decades. After the 2009 coup de etat in honduras, the Garifuna's role has been pivotal in the resistance movement.

Mapuche people in Patagonia are the largest Indigenous polulation in South America. They are known for their courage and skills as warriors and for their continued struggle in defense of their land despite the imprisonment of dozens of their leaders.

The Enxet Indigenous people of Paraguay were expelled from their ancestral land and were forced to live at the border for 23 years. They have now successfully reclaimed their land.

Hope & Ecology

 

Indigenous Communities Sit at Heart of Protecting Biodiversity

Indigenous communities and other groups already committed to local environmental conservation must be brought to the table if governments are serious about protecting biodiversity, the Global Forest Coalition argued in a report released for Earth Day. READ MORE

Chomsky: World Indigenous People Only Hope for Human Survival

Indigenous people across the world are the ones keeping the human race from destroying itself and leading earth to a disaster as they gain voices in countries in Latin America, the United States and Australia, renowned political commentator and academic Noam Chomsky said in a recent interview. READ MORE

Corporate Conquistadors Rape Indigenous Lands and Bodies

Canada’s National Inquiry into Murdered and Disappeared Indigenous Women ought to investigate the role of the extractive industry. READ MORE

Threats

 

Land Grabbing Is Killing Honduras' Indigenous Peoples

Berta Caceres wasn’t the first and, unfortunately, she won't be the last. The world-renowned Lenca leader, assassinated last month in Honduras for her opposition to government-backed megaprojects, is one of an increasing litany of fallen fighters for Indigenous and environmental rights in Honduras and around the globe. READ MORE

Plan Colombia Casts Shadow on Indigenous Rights as Peace Nears

The struggle for land rights, undermined through Washington's Plan Colombia, is one of the key issues facing Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. READ MORE

The World Bank's Bizarre Retreat on Indigenous Rights

While recent years have shown a steady advancement in recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples, the World Bank has adopted a new policy framework that threatens to undermine this progress and put Indigenous communities at risk. READ MORE

Top NGOs Violate Indigenous Rights in Name of Conservation: UN

The World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and the Wildlife Conservation Society stand accused of displacing Indigenous peoples and violating their rights. READ MORE

Afro-Colombians, Indigenous Fear New Pitfalls in Peace Deal

Vulnerable rural communities warn that the development model of Colombia's new era of peace could spark a new exploitative land and resource grab. READ MORE

 
  • Indigenous Maya witness and testify at former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montts genocide trial.

    Indigenous Maya witness and testify at former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montts genocide trial. | Photo Reuters

  •  A mural in Chicano Park, San Diego shows the indigenous, politicized consciousness of Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Southwest

    A mural in Chicano Park, San Diego shows the indigenous, politicized consciousness of Mexican-Americans in the U.S. Southwest | Photo Flickr / teddeady

  • Wayuu indigenous during a protest against the death of children in their community due to malnutrition

    Wayuu indigenous during a protest against the death of children in their community due to malnutrition | Photo EFE

  • Traditional indigenous lands tend to be particularly precious because they make up less than one quarter of the Earth

    Traditional indigenous lands tend to be particularly precious because they make up less than one quarter of the Earth's land surface but contain 80 percent of the planet's biodiversity | Photo AFP

  • Members of Indigenous communities of the Antioquia department in Colombia participate in a peaceful march in Medellin, Aug. 11, 2011.

    Members of Indigenous communities of the Antioquia department in Colombia participate in a peaceful march in Medellin, Aug. 11, 2011. | Photo AFP

  • A group of Indigenous people brandish spears while blocking a highway in Peru

    A group of Indigenous people brandish spears while blocking a highway in Peru's Amazonian region. | Photo Reuters

  • Members  Mexica Movement protest against Columbus Day in downtown Los Angeles, California, Oct. 11, 2015.

    Members Mexica Movement protest against Columbus Day in downtown Los Angeles, California, Oct. 11, 2015. | Photo Reuters

  • Members of Indigenous communities of the Antioquia department in Colombia participate in a peaceful march in Medellin, Aug. 11, 2011.

    Members of Indigenous communities of the Antioquia department in Colombia participate in a peaceful march in Medellin, Aug. 11, 2011. | Photo AFP

  • Wayuu indigenous during a protest against the death of children in their community due to malnutrition

    Wayuu indigenous during a protest against the death of children in their community due to malnutrition | Photo EFE

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