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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, June 25, 2010

Art Manuel: Indigenous First Impacted by Resource Extraction

DEMOCRACY NOW! Indigenous Leader Art Manuel: "Indigenous People Are the First Ones Impacted" by Western-Driven Resource Extraction
Indigenous leader Art Manuel, former Chief of the Neskonlith Band in British Columbia and spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, joins us to talk about the struggle for indigenous rights and sovereignty in the context of the G20 summit.

Indigenous Groups Lead Struggle Against Canada's Tar Sands

DEMOCRACY NOW! Indigenous Groups Lead Struggle Against Canada’s Tar Sands
A group of lawmakers are calling on the Obama administration to take a closer look at the significant environmental impacts of a proposed massive pipeline that would carry Canadian tar sands oil 2,000 miles from northern Alberta all the way down to refineries in Texas and tankers off the Gulf Coast. Tar sands mining emits three times more greenhouse gas pollution than traditional oil and has come under heavy criticism from environmental and indigenous groups. Democracy Now!’s Mike Burke speaks to Clayton Thomas-Müller, a Canadian indigenous activist with the Indigenous Environmental Network.

PHOTO: Canadian indigenous activist Clayton Thomas-Muller (right) leads the tar sands protest through London’s Trafalgar Square with a traditional song. Lionel Lepine (left) carries the banner. Photo by Mike Russell/New Internationalist

VIDEO: Tewa Women United at US Social Forum

Tewa Women United speak out against the nuclear industry and the contamination of sacred Jemez Mountains by Los Alamos National Laboratories. Interviewed live at the US Social Forum in Detroit on Friday, June 25, 2010, by Earthcycles, Pueblo women describe the contamination from Los Alamos in northern New Mexico. Open air burning and the burial of radioactive substances exposes generations of Pueblos to risks. Beata Tsosie Pena said, "We live in the desert and our water supply is very precious to us. Water is our life. I'm scared for my children. I'm scared for my grandchildren. I'm scared for my elders." Tewa Women United


VIDEO: Navajos Oppose Uranium Mining: US Social Forum

Broadcast live by Earthcycles from the US Social Forum Detroit.
Navajos Oppose New Uranium Mining in New Mexico
The uranium industry continues to target Navajos in the Church Rock, N.M., area, where one of the nation's deadliest uranium spills has already poisoned the land and water. Navajo Leona Morgan describes how Navajos are impacted by death and disease from uranium mining.
Also watch: Tewa Women United from Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M., at the US Social Forum. Los Alamos National Laboratories endangers the traditional homelands and sacred mountains, air and water supplies of Pueblos in New Mexico: