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June 13, 2012
Standing On Sacred Ground Screenings a Success
Posted by: Miriam Frank

In May, SLFP screened segments of the forthcoming Standing on Sacred Ground film series at the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York and the annual conference and film festival of the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

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March 21, 2012
Read Our Latest Sacred Site Report, Celilo Falls in Oregon
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

Our latest sacred site report, by SLFP colleague Sean Cruz, tells the story of a sacred waterfall, submerged beneath a dam reservoir some 50 years ago. The falls’ structure, however, remains intact, and native tribes and their allies hope it may one day be recovered.

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February 9, 2012
Fed Study Supports Raising Shasta Dam
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

In a report released this week exploring the feasibility of various options to expand northern California’s Shasta Dam and Reservoir, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation identified raising the dam 18.5 feet — the highest possible option — as its “preliminary proposed plan.”

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November 9, 2011
Mining Threat to B.C. Sacred Lake Persists
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

To the disappointment and frustration of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced it would accept a repackaged proposal for the previously rejected Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine, which threatens the sacred lake Teztan Biny in British Columbia.

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July 29, 2011
PNG Court Rules in Favor of Nickel Mine
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

A court in Papua New Guinea this week cleared the way for the Chinese state-owned China Metallurgical Group Corp. to proceed with a massive nickel-mining project that had been blocked by injunctions over the environmental impact of the company’s plan to dispose of mine tailings in the ocean.

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March 1, 2011
Brazilian Judge Halts Belo Monte Dam
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

Citing environmental concerns, a Brazilian judge has halted construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River in the Amazon rain forest. If constructed, it would destroy a vast area of forest and displacing tens of thousands, including tribal people.

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January 7, 2011
War Dance of the Winnemem Wintu
Posted by: Michael Preston
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Hello my name is Michael Preston and I am a member of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and newest member of the Sacred Land Film Project crew. I just wanted to share a little more about my tribe and do what I can to help tell our story. Just a little brief internal history, we were told by our former leader Florence Jones,

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August 31, 2010
India Halts Controversial Mine on Tribe’s Sacred Lands
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

In a major victory for indigenous land rights, India’s environment minster on Aug. 24 struck down a controversial mining project in eastern Orissa state that would have threatened the survival of the 8,000-member Dongria Kondh tribe.

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July 15, 2010
Court Halts Construction at Phiphidi Waterfall
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

After a two-day court hearing, the traditional custodians of Phiphidi Waterfall last week won an injunction to halt the construction of a tourist resort at their sacred site for 20 days, allowing them to prepare for further legal action. The Ramunangi clan, in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, has been waging a years-long battle to protect [...]

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June 22, 2010
Cultural Survival Launches Campaign to Defend Landowners in Papua New Guinea
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

“An international outcry is needed. Toxic mine tailings dumped into the Bismarck Sea could undermine the marine food chain at its source, potentially rendering all fish unsafe to eat and destroying the livelihoods of the Indigenous people who depend on the sea. Could thousands of letters from world citizens get the attention of the PNG government?”

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June 22, 2010
Bulldozers Move in on South African Sacred Site
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

As tourists flock to South Africa this month for the World Cup tournament, a tribe in the north of the country is urgently struggling to save a sacred site from being destroyed by tourism development.

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June 7, 2010
PNG Strips Landowner Rights to Challenge Resource Exploitation
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

The government of Papua New Guinea dealt a harsh blow to traditional landowners May 28 when it passed a pair of amendments to the country’s Environment Act barring legal challenges to mining and other resource projects.

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April 28, 2010
Demonstration in New York Against Xingu River Dam
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

In a demonstration to show solidarity with the Brazilian indigenous peoples who will be gravely affected by the recently approved Belo Monte dam project, actress Sigourney Weaver will join members of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to peacefully protest in front of the Brazilian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York [...]

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April 16, 2010
Cameron’s “Avatar” a Catalyst for Action
Posted by: Marlo McKenzie

All over the world, indigenous people protect places of spiritual significance and hotspots of biodiversity. James Cameron’s symbolic story of the Na’vi, in his film “Avatar” parallels the struggle that indigenous people around the globe face to defend sacred places Western culture seeks to dominate.

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March 17, 2010
Fight to Save Brazil’s Xingu River Builds
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

International outcry is mounting against the Brazilian government’s plan to move forward on the massive Belo Monte dam on the Amazon’s Xingu River. Take action and attend a Bay Area event March 19.

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February 10, 2010
Join Campaign to Save Brazil’s Xingu River
Posted by: Amberly Polidor

A controversial and long-delayed hydroelectric dam project on Brazil’s Xingu River received the green light on Feb. 1 when the Brazilian Environment Ministry issued an environmental license for the dam’s construction.

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