International human rights organizations condemn the recent Panay Massacre

WRITTEN ON 15 JANUARY 2021. POSTED IN PHILIPPINES Deadly operations through coordinated police and military actions on Indigenous Peoples under Duterte’s regime in the Philippines must stop! We the undersigned organisations across the world condemn the apparently extrajudicial execution of 9 Indigenous leaders, and the illegal arrest of 17 additional leaders and members of Tumanduk nga Mangunguma nga Nagapangapin sa Duta kag Kabuhi (TUMANDUK). The massacre took place in various villages in Tapaz, Capiz and Calinog, Iloilo in Panay Island, through a coordinated police and military operation on 30th December. We the undersigned…

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Indigenous filmmaker wants fines, jail time for ‘pretendians’ who misrepresent their identity

Tamara Bell points to U.S. legislation with $250,000 fine or five-year prison term for false representation Tamara Bell, shown at a news conference on Monday, says the federal government must enact new rules to authenticate Indigenous identity.  (Mike Zimmer/CBC ) A Haida filmmaker is pushing for new legislation in Canada to penalize people who pretend to be Indigenous in order to access grants, awards and jobs intended for Indigenous people. Tamara Bell said she wants those who misrepresent their identity to face fines and even prison time. Bell’s move comes on the heels of Indigenous elders exposing filmmaker Michelle…

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Biden Signs Executive Orders Stopping The Keystone Pipeline On First Day

TORONTO (AP) — Construction on the long disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline halted Wednesday as incoming U.S. President Joe Biden revoked its permit on his first day in office. The 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer) pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. “The Permit is hereby revoked,” Biden’s executive order says. “Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.” Keystone XL…

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With historic picks, Biden puts environmental justice front and center

Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden; Haaland nomination a good start Monday, December 28, 2020 By Calah Schlabach Cronkite News cronkitenews.azpbs.org WASHINGTON – The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception. Their hopes were reinforced last week when Biden nominated a Native woman, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to be secretary of Interior. If approved, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary. Reaction from Tohono…

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BIDEN-HARRIS PLAN FOR TRIBAL NATIONS

The United States of America was founded on the notion of equality for all. We’ve always strived to meet that ideal, but never fully lived up to it. Throughout our history, this promise has been denied to Native Americans who have lived on this land since time immemorial. And the pandemic highlighted this long history of inequity as it devastated tribal nations — Native Americans contracted the disease at 3.5 times the rate of white Americans, and in some states, they are dying at a rate five times their population share. Joe Biden and…

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