Joy, bitterness over upcoming canonization of first aboriginal saint, Kateri Tekakwitha

Joy, bitterness over upcoming canonization of first aboriginal saint, Kateri TekakwithaFONDA, New York – Gazing down a frozen New York field, the statue of a Mohawk girl about to become the first North American aboriginal saint exudes calm. Yet the real Kateri Tekakwitha had a brutal existence — and ghosts from her dramatic life still haunt these hills.

Australia on verge of historic decision to recognise Aborigines as first people of continent

Australia on verge of historic decision to recognise Aborigines as first people of continentProposals presented on Thursday would ask Australians to approve a clause recognising that Aborigine and Pacific islanders were the first occupants of the land mass. A second clause prohibiting racial discrimination would override measures that allow the authorities to intervene on the grounds of races.

Aboriginal leader seeks conference on rights

Aboriginal leader seeks conference on rightsAs Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to sit down next week with first nations leaders from across Canada, the chief who speaks for Manitoba says the problems facing his people cannot be solved in a one-day meeting conducted in the absence of the premiers.

Shaman paid to secure dry swearing in of Colombia's president

Shaman paid to secure dry swearing in of ColombiaThe shaman who was paid $12,000 to keep away rains at the U-20 World Cup Soccer was also paid to secure a sunny inauguration of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in 2010.
Jorge Elias Gonzalez, the shaman who apparently knows how to control the sky was hired by the President's Office to make sure that Santos wasn't going to get drenched while being sworn in as President of the Republic.

Amazon Tribe Says Brazil's "Pandora" Dam Polluting River

Amazon Tribe Says BrazilBrazil’s Arara tribe in Para state, home to the monstrous Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, has filed a complaint with Federal Public Attorneys saying that early-phase construction of the power plant is polluting the river with mud and dirt.