After many years of exclusion and poverty, the Wayúu community in
Colombia and Venezuela has been fighting for their voices to be heard.
The people of this community, located on the desert peninsula of La
Guajira at the northern tip of Colombia and the territory shared with
Venezuela, is faced with a combination of hunger, malnutrition, and
thirst. The main reason? The river that runs through the region was
dammed and its water privatized for surface coal mining and industrial
Children are especially vulnerable to this deadly situation. The
community filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights in an effort to force the Colombian government to free up the
flow of water. Their petition shines a light once again on a subject that has appeared in the news on and off since mid-2014. Defenders of the community have made many calls for humanitarian assistance programs, grants and projects to help these indigenous people, but few have become reality.
Writing for Canarias-Semanal.org website, Juan Andrés Pérez Rodríguez argued that mainstream media has not paid enough attention to the urgent issues of this community:
Original Quote: Como los medios de comunicación corporativos tienen sus prioridades
informativas bien definidas y orientadas, especialmente contra Cuba,
Venezuela u otros países que no se subordinan a Occidente; usted no
sabrá que la nación indígena Wayúu, la mayor de Colombia, se muere de
hambre y sed porque el río madre de la región donde radican fue
represado y su agua privatizada para el servicio de la industria
agrícola y la explotación de la mina de carbón -a cielo abierto- más
grande del mundo. Por esa misma razón, ignorará, seguramente, la
denuncia que esta comunidad ha presentado ante la Comisión
Interamericana de Derechos Humanos -CIDH-, de la OEA, con sede en
Washington, por la violación de sus derechos vitales fundamentales
Translation: As the corporate media have their well-defined and targeted information
priorities (especially against Cuba, Venezuela and other countries that
do not align with the West), you will not know that the indigenous
nation Wayúu, the largest of Colombia, is dying of hunger and thirst
because the mother river of the region has been laid with a dam and
its water privatized for the agricultural industry and the exploitation
of the coal mine Cielo Abierto, the largest in the world. For the same
reason, you surely will ignore the complaint that this community has
filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as part
of Organization of American States, headquartered in Washington, for the
violation of their fundamental vital rights.
The post ends with the trailer of a documentary produced by Colombian journalist Gonzalo Guillén, entitled The River That They Stole. The film, which the indigenous community presented as legal evidence in
that complaint, paints a disturbing picture of the situation in the
region using testimonies from both victims and perpetrators.
Fuck off, I saw your comment on my post you reblogged of a good friend of mine wearing a native headdress. I myself have native american blood, part of my family is Choctaw Native American. I am also Jamaican & Cuban, though I look like I'm just a black female. So I bet if it were me wearing the headdress you would bash me too, thinking I'm mocking a culture when actually it's in my blood. Quite possibly hers too & many others. Shame on you. Culture is meant to be celebrated, not to divide!
Choctaw never wore those type of headdresses btw.
If you want to bring blood into it.
I’m the great grandson of Chief Whippoorwill signatory to treaty 1. Also the great grandson of Carries the Pipe from the former Pembina Chippewa, Basically Northern Plains Anishinabe….Along with several other Chiefs and headmen going back to before the reserve era. I’m also a Status Indian in Canada with ties to the White Earth in MN.
I’m the nephew of an Aunt and Uncle who were activists since the 1970s in groups like the American Indian Movement. I’ve been carrying on their more peaceful community work since 1998. (long haired me from the old days)
Super disrespectful to people like me who work to earn their feathers. If I've been working in the community for years and only have one (two technically) What gives you the right to talk down to actual ones who earn theirs?
So fine, I’ll fuck off. But I’m going to reblog this question every single month for a year (maybe 4 for each direction). If you have a problem just go to a pow wow and find some female Anishinabe pow wow dancers from my area and tell them how bad of a person I am to you. They will probably agree with me because they are the ones who put me up to this because of the threats they received for talking out.
Hours before the protests, Alberta prosecutors announced they will appeal the acquittal of Ontario trucker Bradley Barton, who was charged with Gladue’s slaying. A jury found him not guilty in March of first-degree murder.
We’re debating a bill that is steeped in political correctness and has virtually no educational value,” he said.
“My friends keep calling me pretend Indian and making fun of me, my culture,” said seven-year old LacyJay Left Hand Bull. “This bill should be passed because I am not your mascot.”
Sad, how can you look at the faces of Native American children telling you this encourages bullying and tell them it doesnt matter?
“These mascots leave it open for them to be bullied… if not from their own school, from the opposing team,” she said. “There is a direct connection between these mascots and the suicide rate among native youth. Research shows it causes depression and a poor self-identity. Native youth suicide rate is three times the national average.”
How can you look at the mothers of the Native children speaking about Native youth suicide and tell them that this doesnt matter? Heartless.
Amerind Media Group, the Native owned and operated media company in Hollywood, Calif., has launched NativeFlix, a video-on-demand service that will allow viewers to watch movies, television series, documentaries and educational programs from their computers and on mobile devices.
“For too long, quality Indigenous entertainment has been available only in a fragmented way,” Tim Harjo, CEO of AMG, said in a news release. “We’ve created a new, convenient, and affordable way to watch quality Indigenous entertainment in one place.”
The service currently offers several genres of programming, including children and family, comedy, lifestyle, culture, drama, and music. And will eventually bring original programs to its audience.
The company is working with tribes, and tribal based organizations to offer discounted subscription packages. Its subscription fee is $5.99 per month, compared to Netflix, which charges $7.99 for its basic offerings. Customers can also rent new releases for $3.99.
AMG is also developing an app for mobile and streaming devices, and they will offer pay-per-view access of major Indigenous events such as pow wows, Indian rodeos, and sporting events, the release said.
Audrey Huntley will be speaking at the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference on the Defence of Women Human Rights Defenders, April 24-26, The Hague. Canada is not often seen as a place where widespread human rights violations against the indigenous population occur on a regular basis.
Much of the international community’s perception of this country is still that of pristine nature and polite inhabitants with health care.
In fact, Canada’s indigenous population is over-policed and under-protected, both men and women are incarcerated at rates much higher than the non-indigenous population and face police violence and deaths in custody all too often.
Yet our own mainstream media is finally no longer able to ignore one of this settler colonial country’s best-kept secrets: Ongoing genocidal violence against the indigenous population — and more specifically the targeting of indigenous women, girls, transgender and two-spirited people.
Today marks a huge legal victory for the Native American children of
South Dakota. A summary judgement was issued in the case of Oglala Sioux
Tribe vs. Van Hunnick in favor of the plaintiffs!
Judge Viken has ordered that South Dakota offficials have violated due
process as stated by the 14th Amendment and the Indian Child Welfare
Act, “The court finds that Judge Davis, States Attorney Vargo, Secretary
Valenti and Ms. Van Hunnick developed
and implemented policies and procedures for the removal of Indian
children from their parents’ custody in violation of the mandates of the
Indian Child Welfare Act and in violation of he Due Process Clause of
the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”