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Trio shamans honored by the Government of Suriname

December 28, 2015

On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Trio shamans Riri Pinoma, Wuta Wajimnoe, and Amashina Oedematoe were decorated with the Honorary Order of the Palm by the President of Suriname Desiré Bouterse. This annual decoration ceremony had a special significance this year, as Suriname became an independent country exactly 40 years ago.

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Colombia’s Inga-Kamentsa Achieve Historic Territorial Expansion

December 21, 2015

In December 2015, with ACT’s assistance, Colombia’s Inga-Kamentsa people were granted governance rights over roughly 100,000 acres of their traditional lands. The community had laid claims to those lands for more than 300 years.

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Colombia’s University of the Amazon and ACT Present Certificate Course to Indigenous Communities of the Department of Caquetá

November 30, 2015

In November 2015, Colombia’s University of the Amazon (Universidad de la Amazonia), in partnership with ACT, held a certificate course for indigenous representatives on the development of self-administered studies and surveys for the proper land use zoning and administration of indigenous territories in the Colombian Amazon.

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Bringing Light to Others: Updates from the Barefoot College Experience

November 20, 2015

In India, November 11 marked the beginning of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, when Indian Hindus—and other Hindus around the…

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Caquetá adopts groundbreaking indigenous peoples’ policy

November 12, 2015

On November 11, 2015, in a historic and positive development for the indigenous peoples of Caquetá in Colombia, the departmental…

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From Tepu to Rajasthan: Indigenous Women Begin Training as Solar Providers

October 6, 2015

On September 12, 2015, Anna Nantawi and Ketoera Aparaka, two indigenous women from Suriname’s remote rainforest interior, departed for India to begin a six-month solar power installation training course to benefit their community.  When the women return, they will be able to install, maintain and repair solar energy systems, and then train others to replicate their work.

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IFIP Connections: Forging New Alliances to Protect Sacred Places in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

September 29, 2015

“As one of Amazon Conservation Team’s (ACT) founders, I have long observed the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) with a feeling of affinity, as both organizations were born in the last decade of the 20th century—certainly a more idealistic time in the NGO world—with a focus on Indigenous empowerment.” -Liliana Madrigal, Senior Director of Program Operations

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GANT Launches Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, Highlights ACT

September 14, 2015

“Am I ready to hang up my spurs and have tenure and retire and play golf? No, of course not.…

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A Solar Amazon: Indigenous Female Elders Travel to India to Bring Solar Energy to their Communities

September 11, 2015

On September 11, 2015, a celebratory event was held at the Externado University in Bogotá, Colombia marking the beginning of a life-changing adventure for Ercilia Paitekudo and Maria Encarnación Sueroque, two Huitoto women from Cuemani and Guacamaya in the middle Caquetá River region.

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Amazon Connected: The Waurá of Ulupuene have Access to the Internet

August 24, 2015

In August 2015, a groundbreaking event took place in the village of Ulupuene in the Brazilian Amazon: internet connectivity arrived.

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