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Resources on this page are to raise awareness on the issues that indigenous people have dealt with for centuries and the problems they still struggle with today. British and Spanish colonial imperialism spread since the 1500s, native people have suffered enslavement, oppression and genocide as part of the agenda of the oligarchy elite to claim all sovereign rights to (other peoples land) globally, this is an ongoing issue. Therefore this page is devoted to telling the story of natives across the all the american continents and providing information to give support to indigenous people and organizations.
Photograph taken by Carlita Shaw © , Washington Square, San Francisco, March 2006. At an anti-war demonstration we witness several minutes silence led with a Native American Prayer of remembrance by the American Indian Movement Leaders for all the Native Americans that have died and for all those that have died in war outside North America.
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Canada And US Oppose "S" On Indigenous Peoples: 15th Session Of Human Rights Council-
By Alberto Saldamando.
General Counsel International Indian Treaty Council
In the discussions at the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council, in consideration of the extension of the mandate for the Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous People, the United States and Canada have objected to the use of the “s” on the word peoples, as well as a reference to human rights in relation to Indigenous rights.
The draft resolution, authored by Mexico and Guatemala, sought to update the language of the previous resolution that was adopted prior to the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples by the General Assembly in 2007. This previous resolution used the word “people” instead of Peoples, both in the title of the resolution and in references to the mandate.
The United States, a member of the Council, and Canada, an observer non-member, argue that Indigenous collective rights are not human rights and that the reference to Indigenous human rights and fundamental freedoms is incorrect. They draw some connection with this objection to the reference to Peoples, but their reasons for objecting to the “s” on the word “Peoples” throughout the resolution, are not entirely clear.
These problems with the procedural resolution merely extending a mandate generally accepted by all members and observers including the United States and Canada were a surprise. Sweden, Poland, and the Russian Federation have joined with them in the informal discussions on the question of collective rights not being human rights. These States claim that they do not want to change the ability of the Special Rapporteur to receive information and investigate abuses and violations of rights. They claim they only want to make “technical” corrections to the text.
Both Canada and the United States have announced that they are reconsidering their negative vote against the Declaration at the General Assembly. They were among four countries that voted against it. Two of the negative votes, Australia and New Zealand have since endorsed the Declaration, nullifying their negative vote.
“This casts very serious doubts as to the good faith of their announced review of their negative vote,” said Alberto Saldamando, General Counsel of the International Indian Treaty Council. “If they are taking an ideological position now, on a relatively innocuous matter, they are no doubt also applying it to their review. They are already pre-supposing another negative result.”
Other indigenous delegations attending the Session were similarly outraged.
Mexico and Guatemala have scheduled another informal consultation today, September 22, 2010, in order to try to achieve a consensus for the resolution to renew this most important mandate.
Native American People of North America
The Native Americans are still campaining for equality today, after over two centuries of repression. The story of the Lakotah Sioux Native Americans is a prime example of what the western governments will do to disempower peaceful nations of natives in order to theive and seize control of their land and land resources. The last great Native Sioux Indian, 'Big Foot', tried to make peace with the white man in 1890 in an attempt to protect his people. The Sioux people were instead gathered up at Wounded Knee by white american soldiers on 21st December, 1890, there was no battle as such as the history books lay claim. Instead disarmed Sioux Indians, men, women and children were all surrounded by U.S soldiers and slaughtered one by one, shot to pieces in an orchestrated blood bath.
For an illustrative example take a look at the history of the Native American Sioux People:
Very little has improved for the Sioux people since then, instead their once beautiful and peaceful land has been transformed into a living. diseased dump over the past 150 years, with the highest crime rates and poorest health statistics equal to that of developing countries outside the USA.
The United States has continue to violate treaties set between the Sioux and the US. During the 1970s, The American Indian Movement (AIM) was born out of continued repression, but in 1973, again more native americans were murdered by the american government at Wounded Knee; when the FBI and CIA, had attempted to repress the American Indian Movement by planting corrupt 'leaders' to infiltrate the movement. A.I.M were campaigning for fairer treatment and better living conditions for their people. Leonard Peltier is a well respected A.I.M activist and speaker.
The FBI framed and imprisoned Leonard Peltier with false accusations that he had murderd two FBI officers and to this day there has been no fair trail or review of such claims with lack of evidence. Leonard Peltier has been serving a sentence since 1977. He is a political prisoner who has served a life sentence, who's only crime is to be a powerful speaker, campaigner for equal rights for the native american people of The Republic of Lakotah and to speak out against the corrupt government system. Natives continue to speak out for their people. In December 2007 Lakotah withdraws from all treaties with the US.
"The Republic of Lakotah will not legitimize this embarrassing process. Instead, we will submit our report directly to the UN Human Rights Council, not to be filtered or sanitized by the State Department. Let us be clear, our report will be scathing. The United States continues, on a daily basis to violate the terms of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties with the Lakotah. Our report will indicate that the United States never intended to abide by the terms of the treaties, and has violated them consistently from the time of their signing to the present."- Russell Means -Republic of Lakotah, March 2010
The fight continues for equality and sovereign autonomy for the Native Sioux of the Republic of Lakotah, this is just one remarkable story of the strength of people who have been violently oppressed. This strength is a song of the Elders that echoes through time across North American land, Central and South America, a song that has blown across the oceans and heard in many other foreign nations, such as with native Australian Aboriginal people, who fell victim to the same colonial fascist imperialistic treatment.
Now is the time to give the land and equal rights back to Native People who are the rightful guardians and who know better how to respect and live in harmony with Gaia. Our sustainability advocacy at Evolve to Ecology is a means to help indigenous people reinstate themselves and restore their equal rights and autonomy.
Central American Native People
The oppression of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras is a similar story. Guatemala a country rich in natural resources such as minerals, oil, gas and bananas. Jacobo Arbenz was elected as the country's first democratic president. Arbenz started a land reform program in an attempt to give indigenous people of Guatemala back their land rights. This ofcourse riled the North American operated United Fruit Company who owned most of the land in Guatemala, so they worked with the CIA to accuse Jacobo Arbenz of being a 'communist,' although he had no communist connections or members of his party.
"Arbenz embarked on a massive land reform program. Less than 3 per cent of the land owners held more than 70 per cent of the land. So Arbenz nationalized more than 1 ½ million acres, including land owned by his own family and turned it over to peasants. Much of that land belonged to the United Fruit Company, the giant American firm that was intent on keeping Guatemala, quite literally, a banana republic. United Fruit appealed to its close friends in Washington, including the Dulles brothers, who said that Arbenz was openly playing the Communist game. He had to go."
This resulted in a war that lasted for 40 years and over 250,000 Indigenous Mayans, men, women and children massacred by US trained and sponsored Guatemalan military. Reagan continued Eisenhowers' legacy to slaughter and he granted some 300 million US dollars to sponsor the massacres. Mayan people were murderd in the most grotesque ways that are comparable, if not surpass the attrocities of what happend in Rwanda.
Indigenous Guatemalan rural folk became lifeless dismembered, bodies piled into unmarked mass graves, there were also witnesseses who saw groups of civilian mayans being taken up into helicopters and dropped whilst still alive into the pacific ocean. The war was not 'civil' , It was a corporate war to rob the indigenous mayans of their mineral and oil rich land. So that north american shareholders of the then 'United Fruit Company'', ( now called Chiquita Banana company), would remain stakeholders of bloodstained land; to dictate over the indigenous native people of Guatemala, continuing to finance death squads in central and south america.
Click here to read about ASCODIMAYA , a Guatemala indigenous human rights organisation, their fight for peace during the 'civil war' and the work that they continue to do today to fight for indigenous equal rights to land, living conditions and education is highly admirable considering how much conflict they have endured.
Visit EntreMundos whom are an unmbrella organization based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, whom bring not-for-profits, indigenous people and volunteers together. They also produce a monthly magazine reporting environmental and humanitarian issues in central and south america. Their website is full of useful resources.
The current Environmental situation in Guatemala.
Presently Guatemala struggles with an ecological crisis with soil depletion from deforestation, soil erosion is so prevalent that landslides are a common occurence. There has been little environmental education which is why we have worked on environmental education and awareness in rural areas, to help poor people adjust to the fast pace of development. There is no support from the government to recycle waste products as a public compulsory consensus, people could earn money from recycling waste if a regulatory body was set up for this purpose. Instead domestic waste is tipped in the mountains regularly to 'save money' despite the fact there are about 20 recycling operations in Guatemala city.
Lago Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala, ©
Lago Atitlan is situated in the heart of Guatemala, it is over five thousand feet above sealevel in the Guatemalan highlands, a hundred square mile lake, surrounded by volcanos, Atitlan considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and one of the largest and deepest (over a thousand feet in depth), in central america. Many indigenous villages and communities around the lake , all speaking different mayan languages. In 2009, as well as the most beautiful, it has now been identified as one of the most ecologically threatened lakes in the world.
Since the 1960s when tourism started to increase on the lake, just before the civil war was started, in 1958 Pan-American Airlines introduced black sea bass fish to the lake because they thought it would attract more tourists to sports fish on the lake, instead the sea bass caused irreversable ecological damage to the lake as they ate up all the local endemic cyclid fishes and caused extinction to the endemic Great Grebe bird species,sea bass would gobble up the grebes eggs and chicks on the lake.
Since only 15 years after the civil war, the lake has had a rocky road as development and tourism have increased and now the lake has reached its natural ecological carrying capacity. The indigenous Mayan communities rely on the lake for their everyday livelyhood, the poor wash in the lake and wash their clothes in the lake, they also fish in the lake and rely on the tourist trade that brings in an income for the indigeneous communities, they are the first affected by the lake pollution.
The lake is subjected to chemical run off from agriculture, and chemicals from washing detergent, raw sewerage pumped into the lake from Panajachel is a huge problem, creating a large nitrate build up and heavy metal build up which has resulted in severe algal blooms of cyanobacteria and deoxygenation of the lake and therefore death of lake flora and fauna. To find out more, get involved and to support helping the conservation of the lake visit Save Lake Atitlan.org
You can also listen to Greg Beacon who has a radio show dedicated to creating action to clean up the cyanobacteria and conservation of Lake Atitlan and the repression of indigenous people in central, south and north America.
For more details on Organizations and active support for indigenous campaigns check out the Organizations page on our website.
South American Native People
Exploitation of Ecuador's Rainforest
An oil disaster the likes of never seen before- For Texaco to save money?-Texaco destroy Ecuador by using methods not environmentally legal the USA, practices including dumping billions of tons of toxic oil waste into the amazon rivers and land surface, instead of pumping it back down underground. These methods are deemed substandard and toxic to human and environmental health around the world - http://crudeimpact.com
Above Video on IKIAM thanks to Nomadic Hands-
Ecuador is where part of the Amazon Rainforest lay and it has been subject to severe exploitation by oil companies such as Chevron in Ecuador who have destroyed much of the rainforest in Ecuador. There is a battle to bring justice to the people of Ecuador as some 30,000 indigenous people and mestizo (mixed ancestry) settlers, have accused Texaco, a company acquired by Chevron in 2001, of ditching 18 billion gallons of toxic waste water and spilling about 17 million gallons of crude into the rainforest during its operations in Ecuador from 1964 to 1990. These illegal actions contaminated the soil, groundwater, rivers and streams in the area, causing cancer, congenital defects and abortions among the indigenous population, according to the plaintiffs.
Emergildo Criollo travelled to California recently from his indigenous village in Ecuador to the home of Chevron’s new CEO John Watson demanding that the oil giant Chevron take responsibility for their actions and clean up our rivers and forests – our homes.
Read what Dr Brian O' Leary says as he speaks for the people of the Amazon, Dr O'Leary has been living in Ecuador with his wife for the past five years:
"Recently over 100 indigenous people occupying a bridge blocking the flow of oil company traffic deep in the Peruvian Amazon were slaughtered by helicopter gunships sent out by the president of Peru.
The indigenous people of northern Amazonian Ecuador and Peru have suffered immeasurable environmental and health catastrophes at the hands of Chevron-Texaco and are pressing a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the company for the utter devastation left behind in the rainforest.
The native peoples of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia are up in arms, determined not to allow these attacks on their homeland, and willing to fight to the death. The situation is reminiscent of nineteenth century U.S. seizures of Indian lands, followed by the utter destruction of their cultures.
Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian government’s ambiguous stance toward oil extraction, and the passing of draconian mining and water laws that allow multinational companies to come in and extract these nonrenewable resources, have created a strong resistance from indigenous and poor people who are blocking roads and actually declaring war on the government in some quarters. Clearly, short of the total slaughter of the indigenous people, something on the government side has to give.
The moral imperative is clear: the temporary gain coming from a decade or two of extraction cannot possibly justify the destruction of an entire people and of a habitat considered to be irreplaceable. This kind of aggressive extraction is something that many corporate and governmental interests advocate, because their exclusive focus on short-term goals far outweighs their occasional thoughts about long-term sustainability.
Spanish Translation-Traducción al español
Recursos en esta página son para crear conciencia sobre las cuestiones que los indígenas tienen con delt durante siglos y los problemas que todavía luchan en la actualidad. Británicos y españoles propagación del imperialismo colonial desde la esclavitud de 1500, los indígenas han sufrido la opresión y el genocidio como parte de la agenda de la élite de la oligarquía para reclamar todos los derechos soveriegn a (la tierra de otros pueblos) a nivel mundial, este es un problema en curso. Por lo tanto, esta página está dedicada a contar la historia de los indígenas a través del todo el continente americano y informaton proporcionar a dar apoyo a las personas y organizaciones indígenas
Fotografía de Carlita Shaw © , Washington Square, San Francisco, marzo de 2006. En una manifestación contra la guerra que testigo un minuto de silencio con una oración dirigida Indígena Americano de la memoria del Indígena Americano líderes del movimiento para todos los nativos americanos que han muerto y para todos aquellos que han muerto en la guerra fuera de Norteamérica.
La gente nativa de América del Norte
Los indios americanos aún campaiging para la igualdad de hoy, después de más de dos siglos de represión. La historia de los nativos americanos Lakota Sioux es un excelente ejemplo de lo que el Governments occidental hará que reste poder a las naciones pacíficas de los indígenas con el fin de robar y tomar el control de sus tierras y sus recursos. La última gran nativos indios Sioux, 'Big Foot', trató de hacer la paz con el hombre blanco en 1890, en un intento de proteger a su pueblo. El pueblo sioux lugar recogió en Wounded Knee por los soldados blancos americanos el 21 de diciembre de 1890, no hubo batalla, como tal, como los libros de historia reivindican. En lugar indios sioux desarmados, hombres, mujeres y niños fueron rodeados por soldados de EE.UU. y sacrificados uno por un disparo en pedazos en un baño de sangre orquestado.
Muy poco se ha mejorado para el pueblo Sioux, desde entonces, en vez de sus tierras una vez hermosa y tranquila se ha transformado en la vida. volcado de enfermos en los últimos 150 años, con los mayores índices de delincuencia y las estadísticas de salud más pobres igual a la de los países en desarrollo fuera de los EE.UU.
Durante la década de 1970s, el Movimiento Indígena Americano (AIM) nació de la represión, pero en 1973, una vez más estadounidenses nativos fueron asesinados por el gobierno norteamericano en Wounded Knee, cuando el FBI y la CIA, había tratado de reprimir el Movimiento Indio Americano mediante la plantación de corruptos "líderes" para infiltrarse en el movimiento. AIM estaban haciendo campaña para un trato más justo y mejores condiciones de vida para sus pueblos. Leonard Peltier es un activista de AIM respetado y el altavoz. El FBI enmarcado y encarcelado Leonard Peltier con falsas acusaciones de que había murderd dos agentes del FBI y hasta la fecha no ha habido ningún juicio justo o la revisión de tales reclamaciones por la falta de pruebas.Leonard Peltier
ha estado cumpliendo una condena desde 1977. Él es un preso político que ha sido condenado a cadena perpetua, que sólo el crimen es ser un potente altavoz, activista de la igualdad de derechos para los nativos americanos de Lakotah y para hablar en contra del sistema de gobierno corrupto .
Esta es una historia que se hace eco de muchos en América del Norte, Centro y Sur América, y muchos otros países extranjeros, como que con la nativa de Australia los aborígenes, que fueron víctimas de blanco imperialistas coloniales fascistas.
La gente nativa de América Central
Esto resultó en una guerra que duró 40 años y más de 250.000 indígenas mayas, hombres, mujeres y niños masacred entrenados por EE.UU. y patrocinada ejército guatemalteco. Reagan continuó legado Eisenhower a masacre y le concedió unos 300 millones de dólares de los EE.UU. para patrocinar las masacres. Pueblo maya murderd de las maneras más grotescas que son comparables, si no superan el atrocidades de lo que happend en Rwanda. Indígenas población rural de Guatemala fue desmembrado sin vida, los cuerpos apilados en fosas comunes anónimas, también se witnesseses que vio a grupos de civiles mayas que se pueden recoger en helicópteros y se dejó caer, mientras sigue vivo en el Océano Pacífico. La guerra no era "civil", fue una guerra corporativa para robar a los indígenas mayas de sus recursos minerales y el petróleo de la tierra rica. Para que los accionistas norteamericanos de la compañía, entonces "United Fruit Company'', (ahora se llama Chiquita Banana), seguirían las partes interesadas de la tierra manchada de sangre, dictar más de los indígenas nativos de Guatemala, sin dejar de financiar escuadrones de la muerte en América Central y del Sur .
Haga clic aquí para leer sobre ASCODIMAYA, un indígena de Guatemala organización de derechos humanos, su lucha por la paz durante la "guerra civil" y la labor que siguen realizando hoy a luchar por la igualdad de derechos indígenas a la tierra, las condiciones de vida y la educación es muy admirable teniendo en cuenta la cantidad de conflictos que han sufrido.
Para obtener más información sobre las organizaciones y el apoyo activo de las campañas indígenas echa un vistazo a la página de las organizaciones en nuestro sitio web.
Pueblos Indígenas de América del Sur-Explotación de Ecuadors Rainforest
Lea lo que Dr. Brian O 'Leary , dice mientras habla por el pueblo de la Amazonía, el Dr. O'Leary ha estado viviendo en el Ecuador con su esposa durante los últimos cinco años:
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All projects on the Evolve to Ecology website were created, written & researched by Ecologist, Carlita Shaw BSc ( Hons) ©, 2010.