Posts Categorized: Indigenous Rights

10th Annual March to Save Oak Flat

February 15-18, 2024 The Apache Stronghold organizes a run/march every February to gather community, neighbors, and allies in prayerful action to support the protection of the sacred lands of Oak Flat and beyond. Oak Flat is at risk of destruction by Resolution Copper, a United States subsidiary of the Australian mining companies BHP and Rio… Read more »

Advocacy: Save Oak Flat and Support a Just Energy Transition

  Chíchʼil Bił Dagoteel or Oak Flat in English, is a sacred site for the San Carlos Apache and is under threat of destruction by Resolution Copper, a United States subsidiary of the Australian mining companies BHP and Rio Tinto. Resolution Copper plans to use block cave mining techniques, which will cause Oak Flat to… Read more »

U.S. trade policy threatens sovereignty, climate, and health

U.S. must ban investor-state dispute provisions in trade and investment agreements By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program Staff Back in November, more than 200 labor, environment and other civil society organizations urged President Biden to “pursue an effective path to exit Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) by the U.S. and our partners in existing bilateral… Read more »

PHP joins about 150 people praying for Oak Flat in Arizona

‘It may be that we are the ones in need of saving’ By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program Staff OAK FLAT, Arizona — On Nov. 4, about 150 people gathered in prayer at Chi’chil Biłdagoteel (Oak Flat) in the Tonto National Forest of Arizona, sacred land of the San Carlos Apache and other Indigenous… Read more »

Scars of nuclear colonialism in the Marshall Islands

By Bedi Racule | Ecological and Climate Justice Program with the Pacific Conference of Churches A remote group of tiny islands that are isolated and sparsely populated… This is how U.S. officials viewed the Marshall Islands when they chose them as testing sites for their nuclear weapons testing programs. This perspective vastly differs from the… Read more »

New Guide Supports the Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples

On Indigenous People’s Day, we celebrate the publication of a new guide that will assist Indigenous Peoples all over the world to develop their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) priorities and secure their right to self-determination. Cultural Survival and First Peoples Worldwide have published Securing Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Self-Determination: A Guide on Free,… Read more »

Standing with Atahualpa

Addressing the Roots of the Climate Crisis By Jed Koball | Joining Hands Catalyst for Extractive industries, Human Rights, and the Environment Get gold, humanely if possible, but at all costs get gold! – King Ferdinand of Spain, 1511 First, they came for the gold. In 1532, Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador, stood face to face… Read more »

Doctrine granted Europeans right to indigenous nations

Cruel land thefts continue 500 years later, taking livelihoods and lives By Cindy Corell | Mission Co-worker Haiti Five rooms of the house had been laid out. Cinder blocks outlined the home; some walls were as high as an adult. Room-by-room, block-by-block, Rita Lucas and her family were building a new house. It had taken… Read more »

Let’s Reverse Our History!

By Rev. Eduardo Arboccó Gallardo of Fraternidad Cristiana Vida – Red Uniendo Manos Peru This was originally published on October 12, 2021 in Spanish here The ancient peoples of the past on this Continent, even in the midst of their own imperfections, lived in harmony with nature. If we made a list of the great… Read more »

International Day of Indigenous Peoples: Celebrate or Protest?

By Rev. Eduardo Arboccó | Reformed Evangelical Church of Peru Para la versión en español In 1993, the United Nations proclaimed a resolution promoting the celebration every August 9 of “International Day of Indigenous Peoples.¨ So, who are indigenous peoples? And how do we celebrate their day? One definition of indigenous peoples states that: “they… Read more »