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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Democracy Now: Indigenous Women Frontline Earth Defenders: Climate Change Solutions

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Indigenous Women: Frontline Earth Defenders Share Their Climate Change Solutions

Today is “Gender Day” at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, a day that acknowledges the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, who make up 70 percent of the world’s poor. We hear from a panel of indigenous women from around the world who met off-site Monday to share their solutions to climate change. The event, hosted by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, featured indigenous women leaders on the front lines of defending the Earth from exploitation by fossil fuel companies. Speakers included Patricia Gualinga, a Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador, and her niece, Nina Gualinga. In 2012, the Sarayaku community won a case at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights against the Ecuadorean government after a foreign oil company was permitted to encroach on their land.

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Photos: Paiutes fight against theft of water rights to Pyramid Lake

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"Today's meeting at Pyramid Lake, Nevada concerning all issues including water
issues. This is the Chairman Elwood Lowery with council members."
Ray Bones Lowery
Paiutes fight against water rights to Pyramid Lake

Article by Brenda Norrell
Photos by Ray Bones Lowery
Censored News
PYRAMID LAKE, Nevada -- Pyramid Lake Paiutes continued to fight for their water rights to Pyramid Lake, one of many Indian Nations battling corruption and new legislation in the US Congress to steal Native water rights.
"A little over 150 natives show up at the meeting. Thanks to all concerned people and the one's who commented," said Ray Bones Lowery about the meeting on Dec. 6, 2014.

Watch the video from AIM West Conference Nov. 2014 and hear Raquel Arthur, Paiute, describe the corruption and threat to Paiute water rights. Live coverage was by Earthcycles and Censored News:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/11/nez-perce-and-paiute-water-rights-and.html
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