Inspiring cultures: Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury dubbed into Noongar

It’s the film that inspired a generation: the flying kicks, the furious punches, the whirlwind sound effects. Fist of Fury is the classic 1972 Bruce Lee film that took the world by storm. Tragically, Lee died a year after making it, aged just 32. But his films have had an enduring global impact, not least […]

Annual march honours missing, murdered Indigenous women in Canada

On 30th anniversary of Vancouver march, advocates call for action to stem violence against Indigenous women and girls. Over 100 people marched through downtown Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday afternoon as part of an annual event to honour and remember Indigenous women and girls who have been murdered and gone missing across the country. Banging drums […]

US judge will not stop land transfer for mine in Arizona

The ruling means the land transfer can now take place by mid-March under a timeline approved by Congress and then-President Barack Obama in 2014. A federal judge on Friday said he would not stop the US Forest Service from transferring government-owned land in Arizona to Rio Tinto for its Resolution Copper project, denying a request […]

Lidia Thorpe: The Indigenous woman shaking up Australia

Melbourne, Australia – The image is striking. Draped in a possum-skin cloak Senator Lidia Thorpe entered her first day in the Australian Federal parliament last September with her right fist raised in a Black Power salute. In her left hand, she carried a stick engraved with 441 stripes representing the number of Indigenous people to […]

Navajo Nation outpaces much of US in delivering COVID vaccines

The Navajo Nation announced on Tuesday it will receive about 29,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines as the tribal area continues to outpace the broader United States in delivering jabs. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said that as of Sunday, the Navajo Area Indian Health Service (NAIHS) delivered 74,048 of the 78,520 vaccine doses it […]

Biden approves federal aid for Navajo Nation over COVID-19

Federal funding will help support the Indigenous nation’s efforts to combat the virus and bolster vaccinations. United States President Joe Biden has issued a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation over the coronavirus pandemic, a move that unlocks much-needed federal financial assistance and other support for the Indigenous community. In a news release on Wednesday, […]

‘Stop this destructive giveaway’: Fight against US mine picks up

Phoenix, Arizona, United States – Indigenous and environmental groups in the United States are suing the US Forest Service (USFS) to try to prevent the transfer of more than 9.7 square kilometres (2,400 acres) of land in Arizona to a mining company for potential development. The co-plaintiffs in the case, including the Inter Tribal Association […]

Rich couple took COVID vaccine meant for Indigenous: Charges

Canadian couple charged with flying to rural, First Nations settlement and posing as residents to take vaccine. Great Canadian Gaming CEO Rod Baker has resigned, the company said on Monday, after he and his wife were charged with travelling to a northern Canada settlement that is majority Indigenous and misleading authorities in order to receive […]

This Land Is … whose land?: The history of Woody Guthrie’s song

Several minutes into US President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, on the heels of an impassioned rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by her fellow pop superstar Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez stepped up to the podium and began singing lyrics many Americans learn in schools and churches: This land is your land This land is my […]

Ecuadorian Amazon: Three European banks stop funding trade of oil

Several big European financial institutions — BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and ING — have committed to halting the financing of the trade of oil from the Amazon region of Ecuador. The three banks that have recently indicated such a policy change — in emails sent to environmental groups Amazon Watch and Stand.earth — are collectively […]

Indigenous man faces up to 10 years in prison for Facebook posts

An Indigenous man faces up to 10 years in prison over “threats” allegedly made on social media at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests that swept across the United States last year, drawing outrage from activists and observers who say the case is part of a “heavy-handed” law enforcement response to the protest […]

Kashmir forest dwellers hope long-delayed law will stop evictions

Nomad forest dwellers in Indian-administered Kashmir are pinning their hopes on the implementation of a 14-year-old law to save their land and homes, as the government announces plans to evict tens of thousands of people it says are encroaching on protected land. Last month, the forest department of the disputed federal territory published a list […]

Native Americans try to block US move to give land to Rio Tinto

Native American group says US does not own land sought by mining giant for lucrative copper deposits. Members of Arizona’s San Carlos Apache tribe have filed a property claim in an attempt to regain control over land that the United States government is poised to give to Rio Tinto Ltd for its Resolution Copper mine. […]

Navajo Nation reaches deal with mining firms in toxic 2015 spill

Under the settlement with the Navajo Nation, Sunnyside Gold Corp will pay the tribe $10m. The Navajo Nation and the US state of New Mexico have reached multimillion-dollar settlements with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright yellow plume […]

Big oil sits out Trump’s last-ditch US Arctic drilling auction

Major oil companies steered clear of the sale, which was an unprecedented move by outgoing US President Donald Trump. The Trump administration’s unprecedented auction of Arctic drilling rights Wednesday netted just $14.4 million from three bidders, with major oil companies steering clear of the sale. Amid low crude prices, fears about a backlash from the […]

‘We are one and free’: Australia amends national anthem

The first change since 1984 follows criticism that the anthem failed to recognise the long history of the Indigenous community. Australia has changed a line in its national anthem in an amendment designed to better recognise and honour the long history of the country’s Indigenous people. The change from “for we are young and free” […]

Second Indigenous activist killed in Honduras this week

Honduran authorities say they are investigating the killings of activists Felix Vasquez and Jose Adan Medina. Honduran authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the murders of two activists and Indigenous leaders killed in separate incidents during the weekend. On Sunday, Jose Adan Medina was found shot to death in a remote location in the community […]

Indigenous environmental activist killed in Honduras

Felix Vasquez, a defender of environmental and human rights, died on Saturday after the attack in central Honduras. Masked men armed with guns and machetes have killed a Honduran environmentalist activist in front of his family, police said on Monday, the latest in a string of such attacks in the Central American country. Felix Vasquez, […]

The race to save an Indigenous Brazilian language from extinction

Deep in the state of Mato Grosso, in the heart of Brazil’s vast Xingu National park, the inhabitants of the Indigenous village of Typa Typa can be heard day and night. From their palm-thatched huts, perched on the southern banks of the Tuatuari river, some five kilometres (three miles) from the Leonardo Villas-Boas Post in […]

US to approve Arizona mine land deal Indigenous group opposes

US President Donald Trump’s outgoing administration is set to approve a controversial land swap this month that would give Rio Tinto Ltd and partners more than 9.7 square kilometres (2,400 acres) to build an Arizona copper mine, even though the project would destroy religious and cultural sites sacred to Native Americans. Tribal leaders and other […]

Canada sending military to remote First Nation hit by COVID-19

Canada is sending the military to help a remote First Nations community handle a COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Defence confirmed on Saturday, after the chief of Shamattawa First Nation requested help. In a statement on Facebook, Chief Eric Redhead said Canada’s Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller had confirmed the army’s deployment to Shamattawa. He […]

US: Arctic Refuge oil and gas lease sale set for early January

Environmental groups slam Trump administration announcement as threat to pristine wildlife area in Alaska. The Trump administration has announced plans to sell oil and gas leasing rights next month for a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), a move that environmental and Indigenous groups said threatened the sprawling wildlife reserve in Alaska. In […]