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Keeping Up With The Defenders

News and notes from the forest

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day >>> Did you know that... Scientists discovered the medicine used in birth control pills by learning from indigenous women that used wild yam to prevent conception?  The US's federal government structure was inspired by the...

Protecting Guyana’s Rainforest

Indigenous Communities Are Dedicated to Protecting Guyana's Rainforests Indigenous communities are key to protecting the forest, and in Guyana, indigenous customary lands cover large extents of the interior. The government of Guyana has an international commitment to...

From Guyana’s Rainforest: Michael McGarrell

Saving Guyana's rainforest: My name is Michael McGarrell and I am of the Patamona Nation, an indigenous people of Guyana.  I come from Chenapou, which is located on the Potaro River, close to the famous Kaeituer Falls.  I work at the Amerindian People's Association as...

The Silent War Against Indigenous Communities

Last month, the Philippines government placed UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on a list of “terrorists”, along with many other indigenous rights activists.  Ironically, she was in the process of compiling a report on the...

What can $250,000 dollars do?

SAVING THE RAINFOREST   Used right, we know it can save millions of acres of rainforest. One of our donors believes this too, and has just given us a $250,000 match grant. But we need to match it, in order to fully unlock its potential.   It Can Be Done: What is the...