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Around the world: Colombia’s Indigenous Amazon communities inch closer to self-governance, Indigenous leaders face threats and violence in Brazil and Venezuela, Australia’s Aboriginal people generally die younger than the general population, and a Papuan woman is turned away from a bar because of facial tattoos.

COLOMBIA: Amazon territories move toward self-governance

Indigenous peoples from Colombia’s Amazon regions are a step closer to gaining recognition as Indigenous Territorial Entities after a court ordered the government to accept the applications of 14 territories, reported on June 29.

The 14 proposed ITEs are home to 43 Indigenous peoples speaking 40 languages in some of the most culturally diverse parts of Columbia. They include the departments, as they are known, of Amazonas, Guainía and Vaupés. READ MOREDeusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to ICT


After making a dramatic entry with drums and singers to the Assembly of First Nations annual gathering in Canada, National Chief RoseAnne Archibald stood down an attempt to remove her from the organization amid growing internal disputes.

Archibald, the first woman elected to lead the group that represents more than 600 First Nations across Canada, won a vote by the full assembly on Tuesday, July 5, that stopped the efforts to suspend her.

Speaking to the press after she survived the no-confidence vote, the national chief continued to call for financial accountability.

“The whole system at AFN has a financial corruption that needs to be fixed,” she said.

Archibald was suspended June 17, one day after issuing a sharply worded statement calling for an independent investigation and a forensic audit of the organization, including a $1 million buy-out request from four staff members that she had opposed.

The organization already had launched an internal human resources investigation into complaints by the four senior staff members against Archibald. READ MORE. — Miles Morrisseau, ICT

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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding state authority to prosecute some crimes on Native land is fracturing decades of law built around the hard-fought principle that tribes have the right to govern themselves on their own territory, legal experts say.

The Wednesday ruling is a marked departure from federal Indian law and veers from the push to increase tribes' ability to prosecute all crimes on reservations — regardless of who is involved. It also cast tribes as part of states, rather than the sovereign nations they are, infuriating many across Indian Country.

“The majority (opinion) is not firmly rooted in the law that I have dedicated my life to studying and the history as I know it to be true," said Elizabeth Hidalgo Reese, an assistant law professor at Stanford University who is enrolled at Nambé Pueblo in New Mexico. ”And that’s just really concerning.” READ MORE Associated Press

The Canadian government said Monday it has signed a $20 billion (US$15.55 billion) agreement to compensate First Nations children and families harmed by chronic underfunding of child welfare.

The Assembly of First Nations and plaintiffs in two class action lawsuits agreed to the deal.

Indigenous Services Canada, a government agency, said the settlement is the largest in Canadian history.

"The parties have agreed on a plan for settling compensation claims to recognize the families and people who have suffered tremendously through discriminatory and systemically racist child-welfare practices," said Patty Hajdu, the Indigenous services minister. READ MOREAssociated Press

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On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, a tribal nation has donated 49 million to support the California Indian Nations College. And, toxic pollutants endanger subsistence in Alaska


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