Native American funerals have changed but retain unique qualities
Death comes too soon for too many on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Few other places in the Western Hemisphere rival its grim statistics: shortest life expectancy, highest mortality rate and widespread alcoholism. “We have a lot of deaths here — suicide, bad health, car wrecks,” said Pat Janis, whose phone regularly rings with calls about families who’ve just lost a loved one.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has called the U.S. House of Representatives' authorization of Keystone XL an “act of war” and vowed to close its borders to stop the pipeline.How the Kalahari bushmen and other tribespeople are being evicted to make way for 'wilderness'
'Racist' governments are forcing native people from their land, supposedly to benefit wildlife and environment, according to a report.
When Botswana's president, Ian Khama, opened a giant $4.9bn diamond mine in the heart of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in September, there were some notable absentees among the invited guests: the 700 bushmen whose hunter-gatherer families had been the traditional inhabitants of the desert, but who have been exiled to impoverished settlements on the edge of the park and are forbidden to hunt the wildlife.
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My guide, Pepe, told me how the San Juan Chamula church was intriguing because of its mix of Catholicism with ancient indigenous traditions. Here in verdant, mountainous Chiapas, one of the least westernized Mexican states, I was already used to seeing native people in traditional costumes, speaking a wide variety of tongues. But never did I imagine what I would see in this church.