Tag: Indigenous Rights

Totalitarianism at 38th and Chicago: A Minnesotan lie
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Totalitarianism at 38th and Chicago: A Minnesotan lie

Minnesota, like every other US state, begins with a lie. Explore Minnesota tourism ads present the state as a natural paradise, as if the US military-occupied land of Mni Sota Makoce is God-country, some blessing bestowed upon God’s own settler-colony. Popular culture presents a narrative about the state as pure and as white as the opening scene of Fargo. The upper Midwest is full of hearty, plaid and parka-wearers and white homemaking mom’s you betcha and don’tcha know-ing over a stack of unfinished pancakes as the ruddy-cheeked children grab their hockey sticks and run out to the frozen-over pond. Like the myths of Southern hospitality, with its tea service smudged with the flogged slave-girls’ blood, or of the lone and noble cowboy from out West who knew the rapist was one among the run...
US Supreme Court hears Indigenous tribe arguments on COVID aid
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US Supreme Court hears Indigenous tribe arguments on COVID aid

Tribal groups are vying over $8bn in funding intended for tribal governments under the 2020 CARES Act.US Supreme Court justices on Monday signalled sympathy towards allowing federal COVID-19 relief funds to go to specially created corporations for Native Alaskans even though they are not officially recognised as tribal governments in a case pitting groups of Indigenous Americans against each other. The justices heard almost two hours of arguments in the case in which tribal groups are fighting over $8bn in funding intended for tribal governments under the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act. About $533m of that aid hinges on the case’s outcome. Three groups of Native American tribes from other parts of the United States sued in federal court in Wa...
Bolsonaro-Biden deal to protect the Amazon stalls amid pressure
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Bolsonaro-Biden deal to protect the Amazon stalls amid pressure

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Brazil’s government wants billions of dollars upfront from the United States and other wealthy nations to protect its Amazon rainforest, a crucial natural bulwark in the fight against climate change. But Indigenous leaders, climate activists and a group of US Democratic senators have warned US President Joe Biden not to hand over any cash to the government of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right populist president, under whom deforestation has soared. “The current Brazilian government is simply not to be trusted,” Sonia Guajajara, coordinator of Brazil’s Articulation of Indigenous Peoples (APIB), an Indigenous advocacy collective, told Al Jazeera. Both administrations had hoped to carve out a deal to be announced when the White House hosts the Leaders Summit on Climate on...
This river in Canada is now a ‘legal person’
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This river in Canada is now a ‘legal person’

Montreal, Canada – Jean-Charles Pietacho says the belief that nature is a living thing that must be respected, has been at the heart of the Innu people’s way of life for generations. But now, that idea has been applied in a new way as the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit in February recognised the Magpie River, a 300km (186 miles) waterway in the Cote Nord region of the Canadian province of Quebec, as a “legal person”. The designation – a first in Canada – aims to give the Indigenous community an added tool to defend the river, known as Muteshekau Shipu in the Innu language, from potential environmental harms. “The Creator put us on this piece of territory called Nitassinan, which encompasses all these rivers, all these mountains, all these trees,” Pietacho told Al Jazeera in a phone interview....