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Please, Indigenous; Green; Native American; etc., actions needed, now.  All life are needed threads in the fabric of life, which we can't allow to be torn asunder; the Beauty Way, on the Red Path, illuminates that and the need for a real Climate Change, Alternative Energy, and Green Jobs Bills, now.  It's not too late to take back the day, by turning 360 degrees around, back to the evolution, dispelling the convolutions devolutionary direction; and getting back to the future, we'll only have if you do!  turn/360/24/7/365/14all,all41/now.  Thanx for all you do.


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June 2011 E-newsletter: AES Inundates Ngöbe People's Homes in Panama:
Panama Campaign Update: AES Inundates Ngöbe People's Homes

After six years of protests against construction of the Chan-75 dam, including a case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the American engineering company AES and the Panamanian government closed the dam's floodgates on the Changuinola river. As the water rose forming the reservoir, the last remaining Ngöbe families were forced to abandon their homes on the riverbanks. Read more.
Mexico Campaign Update: Wixárika People Take Protests to Vancouver and New York City
Delegates from the Wixárika traditional authorities were in New York and Vancouver the third week of May, defending their right to protect their sacred lands from exploitation by a Canadian mining company.
In New York, the Wixárika delegates spoke out at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, where more than 1,000 Indigenous people from all parts of the world were gathered to assess progress in implementing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Read more. TAKE ACTION.

2011 National Native Language Revitalization Summit
This year's summit, Promoting Indigenous Language Rights in Practice: Language Rights Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill aims to educate each member of the U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees about Native American language leaders who are using extremely limited federal funding for urgent local tribal language revitalization projects. Summit registrants will meet with appropriators on Wednesday, June 22 throughout the day.  Summit attendees are also invited to attend the National Day of Prayer for Sacred Sites in Washington, D.C. on the morning of Tuesday, June 21 on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Read more.

Celebrating Native American Languages in Washington, D.C. 
On June 21, 2011 join Cultural Survival and the Library of Congress in celebrating innovative tribal language programs, and the Native American language heroes revitalizing America's ancient linguistic heritage. Celebrate their efforts, learn about the challenges they face, and share in their successes. Library curatorial staff will point to resources within the institution's vast collections, with a focus on manuscripts, photos, and other archival material that tribal language programs can incorporate into local curricula. Read more.

The public is also invited to observe the 2011 National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places in Washington, D.C. will on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 a.m. on the United States Capitol Grounds, West Front Grassy Area. Read more.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Domestic Policy Implications of the

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 
 On June 9, 2011, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs chaired by Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawai'i), held an oversight hearing: Setting the Standard: Domestic Policy Implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples; Robert Coulter, executive director of the Indian Law Resource Center; and Ryan Red Corn, artist and filmmaker were among the people invited to testify. Watch the hearing here.

Tribal leaders are encouraged to submit written testimony and suggestions about implementing the UN Declaration to the Committee by June 23, 2011. Testimony and comments can be emailed to
Creating Community Dialogue on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
On May 20, 2011, at the 10th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous People's Issues in New York, Cultural Survival hosted an official side event titled "Creating community dialogue on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) through the use of community-controlled media." Moderated by Suzanne Benally (Navajo/ Santa Clara Tewa), executive director of Cultural Survival, panelists included Cultural Survival staff member Cesar Gomez (Pocomam) of Guatemala, Cultural Survival board member Les Malezer (Gabi Gabi) of Australia, and Kenneth Deer (Mohawk) of Canada. Watch the session here.

Guatemala Radio Project Updates
Cultural Survival at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
In the month of May, Guatemala Radio Project content production and training coordinator Cesar Gomez (Maya Pocomam), traveled to New York City to participate in the 10th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous People's Issues. He presented at a side event hosted by Cultural Survival titled "Creating community dialogue on United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) through the use of community-controlled media". Read more.

Station Listener Profile: Sergio Rojo

Sergio Rojo lives in a small town called Santa Maria de Jesús, on the slope of the long dormant  Volcán de Agua just outside of Antigua, Guatemala. At 19 years old, he has finished his studies and now works in the field to help his family. Cultural Survival caught up with him on his way back from gathering wood to heat his mother's fire for the family's lunch.  He carries the radio with him to the fields to pass the time. Read more. 

Bangladesh Campaign Update: Action Alert is Published in Bangla Language
Bangladeshi organizations have translated the Global Response action alerts into the Bangla language, and they are urging Bangladeshi citizens and youth to write letters to the prime minister. The goal of the campaign is to stop construction of a huge open-pit coal mine on agricultural lands where Indigenous Peoples have lived for thousands of years.

Download the alert in Bangla here.

Learn More and Take Action

Cultural Survival Bazaars: Summer 2011
The Cultural Survival Bazaars are a series of cultural festivals that provide Indigenous artists, their representatives, and fair trade companies from around the world the chance to sell their work directly to the American public. More information. 

July 23 - 24 -- Falmouth, MA

July 30- 31 -- Tiverton Four Corners, RI
Cultural Survival Quarterly: Summer 2011
This issue features an article on Indigenous Peoples who are building their own city on the outskirts of an existing Peruvian city; a photo essay on the people of Pohnpei in the Pacific; and a piece about an Indigenous Rama environmentalist and his attempts to help his community protect their island home. There are also pieces on Alaskan communities that are reclaiming their food traditions, an Indigenous Australian woman who is working to revitalize Aboriginal languages, an article by one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

If you're not currently getting our magazine, Become a member or subscribe today! 
Âs Nutayuneân: WE STILL LIVE HERE, starring the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, to be featured Provincetown Film Festival June 16-19
WE STILL LIVE HERE:  Âs Nutayuneân tells an extraordinary story of cultural survival and Indigenous language recovery among the Wampanoag Nation of southeastern Massachusetts.

Provincetown Film Festival

June 18 (Saturday), 6:00 PM in Truro, Q+A with Anne Makepeace, Director
June 19 (Sunday), 11:30 AM in Provincetown, Q+A with Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag) and Anne Makepeace, Director
June 19 (Sunday) at 4:00 PM in Truro, Q+A with Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag) and Anne Makepeace, Director

For more information on the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, visit their website.

To purchase a copy of the film and for more upcoming screening dates visit Makepeace LLC online.
Conservation's Dirty Secrets
Conservation's Dirty Secrets, a documentary film by Oliver Steeds, will air on UK's Channel 4 next Monday, June 20, 2011. The film tells the story of conservation projects that have negatively affected Indigenous Peoples, including the Samburu people of Kenya. Steeds filmed the Samburu in Laikipia who were evicted last November to make way for an Africa Wildlife Foundation project. The film is to air on PBS in the coming months. Learn more.
Thank you for standing with Indigenous Peoples and for your ongoing support.

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BREAKING: Mattel responding to pressure from you:
Wow! Activists like you have sent more than 45,000 letters telling Mattel to stop supporting deforestation in Indonesia, nearly 1,000,000 people around the world have watched our video of Ken and Barbie’s break up, and to top it off, two groups of Greenpeace activists unfurled two giant banners at Mattel’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

The pressure is working. Mattel has stated that they will take initial steps to address this issue, but without details or timelines their words alone are not enough.

Check out the incredible video of the  protest and send a clear message to Mattel: we need action not vague promises to save Indonesia’s rainforests.

In response to the campaign, Mattel first announced that it would direct “packaging suppliers to stop sourcing pulp from Sinar Mas/APP [Asia Pulp & Paper] as we investigate the deforestation allegations.”  The company later also announced that it will develop a "sustainable procurement policy" for paper and other wood-based products.

This is encouraging progress, but it’s not enough. There are only 400 Sumatran tigers left in Indonesia’s rainforests, and every day the destruction of their forest homes drives them closer and closer to extinction.

Without an actual written policy in place to protect rainforests, Mattel’s investigation has no teeth, and the problem has not been solved. We are willing to help them develop this policy and answer their questions, but until then, our campaign continues.

A storm is brewing, and thanks to you, companies are taking notice. Don’t let up tell Mattel to turn their words into deeds now.

We’ve got their attention but need to act right now while they know the world is watching.

Thanks for all you do,

Rolf Skar
Greenpeace Senior Forest Campaigner

P.S. Please forward this email on to your friends and help us reach 50,000 messages to Mattel CEO Bob Eckert by tomorrow!
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Historic Battle Looming!:
Dear Virginia Conservationist,

While every General Assembly session is an important one, 2012 will go down in the history books as one of the most important ever. Why? Your Delegate and Senator's vote on uranium mining.

Given the overwhelming consequences of opening Virginia to uranium mining, we need all hands on deck now for this historic battle. Please visit the Keep The Ban coalition website to learn more about uranium mining and to sign our petition today!

Uranium is a silvery-white metallic chemical element, U on the Periodic Table. It occurs naturally in the ground, but when exposed to air and water, radiation is released into the environment.

Large uranium deposits were discovered in Virginia during the 1970s and in the early 1980s uranium mining leases were executed on 40,000 uranium-rich acres in Southside Virginia and on another 16,000 acres in Fauquier, Madison, Culpeper and Orange Counties.

In 1982 Virginia considered the risks and benefits of opening Virginia to uranium mining and placed a ban on such activities due to the numerous health and environmental concerns. Now a Canadian company is lobbying for the ban to be lifted and Virginians are mobilizing for this historic fight.

Please visit the Keep The Ban website to learn more about uranium mining and sign our petition today!

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (VALCV-EF) helps citizens and organizations concerned with conservation and Virginia’s environment to more effectively participate in their government. Make a donation today and help us continue this important outreach. Combined Virginia Campaign (CVC) # 3649.

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CNN can't hide on Facebook :
We've made a great start but CNN is still running Exxon's ad so we need to turn the pressure up a notch – will you help us catch CNN's attention by posting on their Facebook page?

It's easy – here's all you need to do:

Go to and Like the page.
Post this message (or one like it – you can put it in your own words) on CNN's wall:

Why is CNN muddying the debate over hydrofracking with this misleading ExxonMobil ad? Don't news networks have a responsibility to keep their programming unbiased and fact-based (including the ads they run)? Please pull the ad from your network ASAP!

Then forward this message to your friends and family! If enough of us draw attention to this deplorable ad, CNN will be forced to respond and we'll help educate their viewers in the process.

Thanks so much for your help!

– Mike

I was flipping through TV channels last night when I spotted this new ad from Exxon Mobil on CNN. By the end of the 30-second spot, I was so angry I could barely think straight. Check it out:

The ad features a smiling Exxon Mobil geologist who makes hydrofracking – a dangerous, destructive process used to extract natural gas from rock – sound like the most brilliant, safest idea ever.

Yet hydrofracking requires the use of nearly 600 chemicals (many of them toxic) that can leach into our drinking water, produces hazardous wastewater which can contain radioactive substances and toxic chemicals, depletes local water supplies, and can result in dangerous explosions.

Is all that really something to smile about?!?!

aThis ad needs to be taken off the air before it further distorts the public debate around hydrofracking. Send a message now urging CNN to pull this misleading ad from their lineups.

This would not be the first time Exxon Mobil's ads have been pulled from the air...

An Exxon ad claiming that the company's practice of burning algae removes carbon from the atmosphere (it actually adds carbon – oops!) was banned in England after citizens complained about its misleading nature to the UK's Advertising Standards Authority.

Then please spread the word to your friends and family – with your and their help, we can raise the outcry needed to get the ad pulled.

Thanks for helping to keep the debate on fracking fair and honest.

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Michael Town


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"We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism." —Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemala Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1992

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People has now been endorsed by 161 countries around the world. It is time for all countries to walk this talk. Here are some of the ways you can join RAN in doing just that.
Table of Contents
Stand for Justice
Reclaim Ancestral Lands
Honor Sacred Sites
Respect Traditional Territories
Recognize Free, Prior & Informed Consent
RAN Recommends
Stand for Justice
Chevron’s massive oil disaster in the Ecuadorean Amazon has affected the health, culture and communities of five Indigenous nationalities: the Cofan, Siona, Secoya, Kichwa, and Huaorani. Chevron has now been found guilty by a court of law but, unsurprisingly, is refusing to pay. Stand with the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon. Stand up to Chevron. Join us.

Reclaim Ancestral Lands
Right now the Indigenous people of Long Teran Kanan in Malaysian Borneo are standing up to the palm oil industry and its unchecked expansion into their rainforest home. After more than a decade of struggle, the Long Teran Kanan community peacefully reclaimed part of their ancestral lands from the palm oil giant IOI Group, one of Cargill's key suppliers.

Honor Sacred Sites
Rainforest Action Network's headquarters in San Francisco, CA is located on the traditional land of the Ohlone people. Segorea Te a.k.a. Glen Cove is a shellmound, a sacred burial site of the Ohlone people, and it is currently being threatened by proposed development. The recreation department of Vallejo, CA wants to pave trails and parking lots over this sacred site. Tell City of Vallejo officials to respect sacred sites now.

Respect Traditional Territories
 While Disney’s image is built on fairy tales, much of Disney’s manufacturing is built on nightmares. Lab results have shown that Disney, the leading publisher of children's books worldwide, uses paper created from the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests. The paper industry's destruction of rainforests causes Indigenous communities to be pushed off their land, and plant and animal species to be driven further towards extinction. This month RAN activists gave Disney execs a huge wake-up call. So can you.

Recognize Free, Prior & Informed Consent
 To many the World Bank is known as a human rights bulldozer, blindly implementing policies around the world that erode the rights, culture, ecosystems and economies of rural and Indigenous peoples. That’s why it may surprise some that the IFC, the private lending arm of the World Bank, recently announced revisions to its policy for projects proposed on Indigenous lands—the IFC now recognizes the principle of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). Will the World Bank walk its talk? Will other banks follow suit? The world is watching.

 Since 1993, RAN’s Protect-An-Acre (PAA) program has distributed more than one million dollars in grants to over 150 Indigenous-led organizations, frontline communities, and allies around the world working to regain control of and sustainably manage their traditional territories. PAA is one of the most direct and effective ways you can stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and contribute to the protection of our world’s forests.

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The Next Eco-Warriors
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