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Morgana Post number 25332 Posted: 20th January 2019     Subject: Indigenous peoples march in washington, d.c
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Thousands of Indigenous people took to the streets of Washington, D. C. on Friday, January 18, 2019. Native News Online photo by Darren Thompson

Published January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Thousands of American Indians, Alaska Natives and other indigenous peoples from various parts of the world marched in the nation’s capital on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the first Indigenous Peoples March.

They came to bring awareness of the missing women and murdered Indigenous women crisis in Indian Country. They came to bring awareness of the ill-effects of oil pipelines running through Indian Country. They came to bring attention to voter oppression in Indian Country.

Organizers said that the march aimed to raise awareness on issues that affect Indigenous peoples through the world, from missing and murdered Indigenous women to mistreatment of Indigenous peoples at the borders, from police brutality to protecting Indigenous lands.

The demonstration—a grassroots effort coordinated by a coalition of numerous independent organizers, tribes, influencers, activists, celebrities and Indigenous leaders comprising the Indigenous Peoples Movement—will began with an opening prayer at 8 a.m. EST at the Department of the Interior Building.

(Rally at the U. S. Department of the Interior. Photo by Mark Charles)

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Morgana Post number 25342 Posted: 23rd January 2019     Subject: Brazil new President will open Amazon indigenous reserves
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Meanwhile in BRAZIL...

Brazil new President will open Amazon indigenous reserves to mining and farming
Jair Bolsonaro – who won the presidency of Latin America’s biggest country on Sunday – has made broad promises for his government but offered little detail.

Indigenous People Bolsonaro has vowed that no more indigenous reserves will be demarcated and existing reserves will be opened up to mining, raising the alarm among indigenous leaders. “We are in a state of alert, ” said Beto Marubo, an indigenous leader from the Javari Valley reserve.

Dinamam Tuxá, the executive coordinator of the Indigenous People of Brazil Liaison, said indigenous people did not want mining and farming on their reserves, which are some of the best protected areas in the Amazon. “He does not respect the indigenous peoples’ traditions” he said.

The Amazon and the environment Bolsonaro campaigned on a pledge to combine Brazil’s environment ministry with the agriculture ministry – under control of allies from the agribusiness lobby. He has attacked environmental agencies for running a “fines industry” and argued for simplifying environmental licences for development projects. His chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, and other allies have challenged global warming science.

“He intends that Amazon stays Brazilian and the source of our progress and our riches, ” said Ribeiro Souto in an interview. Ferreira has also said Bolsonaro wants to restart discussions over controversial hydroelectric dams in the Amazon, which were stalled over environmental concerns.

Bolsonaro’s announcement last week that he would no longer seek to withdraw Brazil from the Paris climate agreement has done little to assuage environmentalists’ fears.

“We have a serious risk of seeing the deforestation explode and an increase in violence, ” said Marcio Astrini, the public policy director at Greenpeace in Brazil.

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