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For all of the indigenous people, never give up.  Don't let anyone strip you of your basic rights and push you into a corner.  Whether you live in the desert, jungle, plains, snowy mountains, forest, or swamp, remember that it is your land.  Nobody else's.  Fight for what is right, and for what is yours.
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Something drastic yet non-violent needs to occur to gain the attention of the world and unveil the evil acts that indigenous peoples have to put up with everyday of every month of every year of every decade.  Change must happen.
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An issue that I have been keeping a close eye on for quite some time has come to my attention once again.  The San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona is currently in a serious situation.  Sacred land that had been guaranteed by treaty is now under threat of being destroyed for a foreign mining company, which would not only dislocate many off of the land that they have lived on for thousands of years, it will also completely disrupt the local ecosystem. 
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If the copper mine gets what it wants, the beautiful and personal region, including Apache Leap, where many Apache men, women and children were forced to their deaths after being cornered by white settlers, will all be destroyed and forgotten.  My thoughts and prayers are with you San Carlos Apache Tribe. 

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We must never forget who we are or where we come from.
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The Guarani of southern Brazil and Paraguay are currently under heavy persecution as they are thrown off the land they hold sacred and have lived on for since the beginning of time. 

I wish I could say that I only want to see indigenous people in the news for positive things, such as becoming the first native to be elected into a legislature, parliament, congress or even the ruler of a country, but the fact is, I don't see them in the news at all because their struggles have been hushed by the their tormentors, while the local government all too often views these issues as either irrelevant or ignores them all together.  Many of these people  cannot wait, and for many, it will be too late in just a matter of a year or so. 

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Several uncontacted tribes of Peru and Brazil are at risk of being attacked by illegal loggers in the region, as well as wealthy ranchers while the government turns a blind eye.  If these tribes come into contact with outsiders, they will quickly die as they have no immunity to the diseases we carry.  This has happened over and over again in every country of North and South America throughout the last 500 years, when Europeans first arrived here.  
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I was so thankful this year to see that more people are recognizing the second Monday in October as Native American Day instead of Columbus Day.  After all, Columbus was undoubtedly a terrorist, encouraging his men to rape the women, enslave the children and kill the men, and even fed live babies to war dogs in front of their horrified parents.
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Fact-Suicide rates among Native Americans are the highest in the Western Hemisphere.  Suicide rates among Aboriginal Australians are also currently skyrocketing. 
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