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Thursday, November 23, 2006

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Economic Globalization: A Celebration of Victories, Rights and Cultures

    11.23.06

    Hundreds of people from around the world recently gathered in New York for the "Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Economic Globalization a Celebration of Victories, Rights and Cultures" teach-in put on by the International Forum on Globalization and the Tebtebba Foundation. Today, we’ll play some of the speeches from the event:

    * Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet Indian and the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Cobell v. Kempthorne. The suit was filed on behalf of 300,000 Native Americans and is the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the U.S. government.
    * Felix Villca, an Aymara Indian and a senior advisor to the Bolivian Foreign Ministry in the government of Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president.
    * Sheila Watt-Cloutier, former chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council that represents the more than 150,000 Inuit of Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Russia.
    * Mililani Trask, a native Hawaiian attorney.

    [includes rush transcript]