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Health Negligence Charged In Venezuelan Rain Forest

Three years after President Hugo Chávez expelled American missionaries from the Venezuelan Amazon after accusing them of using proselytism of remote tribes as a cover for espionage, resentment is festering here over what some tribal leaders say was official negligence that led to the deaths of dozens of indigenous children and adults. Without the air transportation offered by those missionaries, many Yanomami people who live traditionally are unable to reach non-traditional medical care if they need it.

Source: International Herald Tribune, 7 October 2008

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Resolution to Designate Guam's Indigenous People As Native Americans May Be Rescinded

A resolution that designates Guam's indigenous people as Native Americans with the intent of increasing their opportunities to secure federal contracts may be rescinded. The issue has become clouded by the prospect that it might open the way to casino gambling, as it has for Native American tribes in the mainland. That is not the intent of the bill’s authors.

Source: Pacificnewscenter.com, 6 October 2008

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Guatemala Forum to Focus on Indigenous Issues

The Social Forum of the Americas will meet in Guatemala City this week to debate indigenous peoples' rights, the defense of their threatened territories and the situation of children and youths. The Latin American Meeting on Mining and the Indigenous Peoples' Rights will also meet there to discuss the importance of autonomy and free determination in the use of the land and its natural resources.

Source: Prensa Latina, 5 October 2008

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Death and Distress on The Orinoco

In Venezuela, a mysterious disease has killed nearly 40 people from indigenous river communities. In one village, 10% of the population has died. Charles Briggs, a professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, and his wife Clara, a Venezuelan doctor, suspect that the killer may be rabies, although government officials categorically deny that possibility.

Source: BBC News, 29 September 2008

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