Issue

Indigenous Communities

Three hundred and seventy million Indigenous people from more than 5,000 Indigenous communities speak more than 4,000 languages and are spread across over 90 countries. Representing just 5 percent of the world’s population, Indigenous communities protect about 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Because of widespread discrimination, Indigenous people make up 15 percent of the world’s extreme poor and are disproportionately affected by land theft, malnutrition, and internal displacement compared to other communities. 

The challenges facing Indigenous communities come from centuries-long systems of oppression. Today, Indigenous people are being accused of terrorism and treason for undertaking peaceful efforts to maintain their cultural identity or traditional lands. Journalism can shed light on discriminatory practices and conflicts underpinning these challenges and many more, from root causes to examples of resilience. Quality journalism can elevate voices from Indigenous communities and should dispel stereotypes. Part of this misrepresentation is the result of a lack of Indigenous voices and stories in traditional media. A survey of members of the News Leaders Association showed that less than 0.05 percent of journalists in leading media outlets are Native American and a Nieman report found that Indigenous people represented only 0.6 percent of people portrayed in stories by the 20 most-trafficked internet news sites.  The Pulitzer Center is uniquely positioned to bring these often under-reported or misreported issues and under-represented perspectives to new audiences. 

These stories include High Country News years-long investigation into Indigenous land theft to benefit America’s public universities, “Nowhere to Turn,” a project uncovering the inequitable treatment of Alaska Native sexual assault survivors published by both The Associated Press and National Native News, and “Panama at the Crossroads,” an interactive multimedia project by Sol Lauría and Guido Bilbao uplifting the decades-long fight for land protection by the Gnäbe and Buglé people.   

 

Indigenous Communities

Gold Mining Devastation Beneath the Eyes of Roraima Tepuy

Officially, Canaima National Park is located outside the Orinoco Mining Arc, yet more than one thousand hectares of its surface are being subjected to gold mining operations. Venezuela’s current humanitarian crisis is compelling the Indigenous people of the Gran Sabana to participate in an activity that threatens one of Earth’s most biodiverse corners.

A Deadly Shade of Green

Canada wants to supply New England with cheap, "clean" hydropower. But the region's mega-dams carry hidden costs to Inuit culture, the environment, and even the climate.

End of Times for Malaysia's Batek?

A mysterious illness has taken the lives of 15 out of 180 members of a clan of Malaysia’s last hunter gatherers, the Batek.

Bolsonaro's Plan for the Brazilian Amazon

Bolsonaro plans to build a road and a hydroelectric dam in Calha Norte do Pará, the most preserved area of the Brazilian Amazon, the largest corridor of tropical forest in the world.

Women of the Forest Unite to Protect the Amazon

It is the women who maintain indigenous culture and now they are also uniting to protect their lands. Together they resist and demand "Demarcation Now."

The Chiman Forest in Bolivia

With a sign that reads "Chimán, Mojeño, Yuracaré and Movima Indigenous Territory," the eviction of loggers from the Bolivian Chimán Forest has finally begun.