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7 Victories for Indigenous People Around the World You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2017

The year 2017 may well be remembered in indigenous rights history for the Standing Rock Sioux protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline — a monumental, headline-grabbing, months-long battle that drew massive attention to native land rights. Thousands of “water warriors” withstood water cannons, concussion grenades, police dogs, and batons in their quest to protect tribe land and water from development, until US President Donald Trump issued an executive order in February to move forward with construction of the gas pipeline, dealing a huge blow to activists. Theirs was a crushing defeat, and one that’s been shared by other indigenous groups in countries around the world, from Bolivia to Canada. But for every crushing defeat Indigenous activists have experienced, there have been moments of success, as well. Many of these fights never reached the level of press attention the Dakota Access Pipeline garnered, but nonetheless protected sacred lands and set important environmental precedents. See full story here:
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