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1st coronavirus case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe

May 18, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The first case reported in the Waorani tribe is a 'pregnant woman, 17 years old, who began to show symptoms on May 4,' the ministry says in a statement

TRIBE. Waorani indigenous people sing at the Teata sacred waterfall, near the village of Nemompare, on the banks of the Curaray river, in Pastaza province, Ecuador on April 14, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

DA allocates P230 million to use ancestral lands for food production

May 11, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The Department of Agriculture supports a project to develop some 20,000 hectares of idle ancestral lands for white corn production

Farmers in Pugo, La Union, show off their high grade palay amid concerns over the negative impact of the rice tarrification law on palay prices. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Ecuador's Amazon communities sue over oil spill

May 06, 2020 - 10:38 AM

'The families living on the river banks are lacking food and no longer know where to find water to drink, or with which to bathe,' says Marcia Andi, a Kichwa and leader of the Mushuk Llacta community

RIVER. Members of the Siekopai indigenous nation stand along the banks of the Aguarico River in the community of Waiya in Ecuador, on April 16, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Amazon Frontline/AFP

Coronavirus reaches Yanomami people in Amazon

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Brazil has now confirmed at least 7 coronavirus cases among the indigenous population

CORONAVIRUS. Brazil says coronavirus has reached Yanomami people. AFP file photo

Brazil reports first indigenous coronavirus case

Apr 02, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Indigenous peoples in the Amazon are particularly vulnerable to imported diseases

SILHOUETTES. Members of the Kayapo tribe perform a ceremonial after a speech by their indigenous leader Cacique Raoni Metuktire, in Piaracu village, near Sao Jose do Xingu, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, on January 17, 2020. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Lumad evacuees adjust to life under coronavirus lockdown

Mar 27, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Displaced Lumad children and teachers worry about what will happen to them in the next few weeks amid the growing number of coronavirus cases

LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN. Displaced Lumad children from Lumad Bakwit School in UP Diliman face new challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak. All photos from Save Our Schools Network

Indigenous youth in Asia Pacific find strength in unity

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:32 AM

'It’s your community that gave you identity. It should be a self-obligatory response to give back to them,' shares Jal Mustari, an indigenous youth from Marawi City

[PODCAST] Making Space: Lumad schools face challenges after government-ordered closure

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:30 AM

What challenges lie ahead for indigenous children in Mindanao after the government closed down 54 Lumad schools? Rius Valle of the Save Our Schools Network give us some answers.

WATCH: Lumad children want to be back in classrooms

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Will students from indigenous communities be able to return to their schools now that martial law in Mindanao has been lifted?

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

Caraga school focused on agriculture can help sustain Lumad communities

Dec 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The students from indigenous communities are, however, displaced by mining operations and military attacks

Photo courtesy by ALCADEV

Trauma haunts Lumad students after attacks on their community

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The memory of being fired upon while in class follows almost 100 Lumad children, who have been evacuated from Mindanao to the University of the Philippines in Diliman

Lumad students join the annual University of the Philippines Lantern Parade on Friday, December 13. Photo from Save Our Schools Network

Legazpi bishop leads Simbang Gabi: See God's image in IPs

Dec 16, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Bishop Joel Baylon urges the parishioners of Albay to stand up for indigenous peoples in need, especially those affected by Typhoon Tisoy

SIMBANG GABI. Catholics thronged the St Gregory the Great Cathedral on the first night of Simbang Gabi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Aetas and New Clark City: Trampling on human rights of our first peoples

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:15 AM

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10, let us remember that recognition begins at home and with our first peoples, the Aetas

Surigao tribes light first ever Christmas tree

Nov 30, 2019 - 3:35 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Many of the IP communities were converted and have accepted the tradition of Christmas

Lumad dictionary launched to help save indigenous language

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The Manobo dictionary app not just aims to educate the Lumad but to empower them as well

MANOBO DICTIONARY. The Save Our Schools (SOS) Network launched a mobile dictionary app in an effort to save the Manobo language. Photo by Chad Booc

How non-timber forest products preserve living traditions in the Philippines

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:05 AM

Through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ School of Living Traditions, a cultural master teaches the skills and techniques of doing a traditional art or craft

WEAVER. A woman in South Cotabato is doing a backstrop weaving. Photo courtesy of NTFP-EP Philippines and Custom are Crafts Center

De Lima wants Senate probe into closure of 55 Lumad schools

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:59 PM

'There is need to isolate the culture-appropriate education of the Lumads from the so-called red-tagging of the government in order to avoid violating their constitutionally protected rights,'says Senator Leila de Lima

LUMAD SCHOOLS. Save Our School network strongly condemns the Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones decision to shut down 55 Lumad schools in Southern Mindanao. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Civilian courts have jurisdiction over indigenous peoples – Supreme Court

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:02 PM

'Nowhere in the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act does it state that courts of law are to abandon jurisdiction over criminal proceedings in favor of mechanisms applying customary laws,' says the Supreme Court 3rd Division

IP RIGHTS. The Supreme Court says civilian courts have jurisdiction over criminal charges against indigenous peoples. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lumad rescued from 'slavery' in Pangasinan back home

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:36 PM

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples will file human trafficking cases against the recruiters of the Lumad, and unfair labor practices against the 'abusive' employer

Photo by Bobby Lagsa

IP leaders use advocacy maps to show how Kaliwa Dam will impact them

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Agta-Dumagat-Remontado leaders call for solidarity for their land rights through a signature campaign

TINIPAK RIVER. This area – a favorite swim spot for tourists – will be gone and the Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve will be destroyed by the project. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar

Lumad escape from 'slavery' in Pangasinan

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Despite their exhausting work schedule, the Lumad say that they were not allowed to rest and were sometimes even physically abused

Thirty-four indigenous Lumads escape from what they described as slave-like conditions in a fish farm owned by a Chinese businessman in Sual, Pangasinan. Photo by Henrie Enaje

NCIP chief Capuyan attests to his Manobo lineage

Jun 08, 2019 - 5:42 PM

New NCIP chief Allen Capuyan makes a veiled threat against Rappler and 'communist terrorist groups'

NCIP CHIEF. NCIP chief Allen Capuyan. Rappler file photo

What issues surround Allen Capuyan's NCIP appointment?

Jun 07, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Capuyan, whose last job was to fight communist insurgency, and who was implicated in the smuggling of shabu, is tapped by Duterte to head the indigenous peoples commission

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

On World Environment Day, groups intensify campaign vs Kaliwa Dam

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:27 PM

In celebration of World Environment Day, groups opposing the construction of Kaliwa Dam start their campaign to convince President Duterte to revoke the contract to build

Various groups converged to campaign against the construction of New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa dam on World Environment Day, June 5. Photo by Anna Mogato/ Rappler

Allen Capuyan appointed indigenous peoples' commission chairman

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:58 PM

This is the controversial retired colonel's 4th posting under the Duterte administration

Gen. Allen Capuyan, AGM for Security and Emergency Services of MIAA attends the September 7 Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B shabu smuggling at the BOC. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Palawan's indigenous women lead sustainable upland farming, forest protection

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The alternative livelihood is seen to gradually wean indigenous peoples away from engaging in wildlife poaching and expanding their kaingin farm areas in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape

AGRICULTURE. The 33 watersheds within the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape are extremely valuable to the lowland agriculture economy in southern Palawan.  Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

NCIP calls for suspension of Chico River project

May 08, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The Cordillera People's Alliance and other indigenous peoples groups say that the free, prior and informed consent of the communities in Katabbogan and Pinococ in Pinukpuk, Kalinga, was not obtained

Demystifying the age of the Ifugao Rice Terraces to decolonize history

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The way mainstream Filipino consciousness imagines the Ifugao in connection with the age of the terraces needs to change

IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. The Ifugao Rice Terraces are the products of a very rich and complex Ifugao culture that resisted the Spanish conquest for more than 200 years. All photos courtesy of the Ifugao Archaeological Project

Official of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in Abra shot dead

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Crispin Abbago, a career employee of NCIP, was killed in La Paz town

IN PHOTOS: Lumad Bakwit School's moving-up ceremony

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:00 PM

With pride and gratitude, 30 Lumad students graduated from junior high school last March 29

Pro-environment, IP groups ask gov't to publicize Kaliwa Dam documents

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The groups' legal counsel, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, says they are 'worried' that the government is 'hiding' details of the Kaliwa Dam project

PUBLICIZE THE CONTRACTS. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno (center) is representing the groups that are opposed to the China-funded Kaliwa Dam. Photo from Diokno's office.

Davao Badjaus get birth certificates through mobile registration

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Tambayan Center for Children's Rights says the mobile birth registration aims to assist the processing of birth certificates for 300 children from the Badjau community

Drug surrenderers, IPs, MILF members to get TESDA training March 2019

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:20 PM

TESDA Director General Isidro Lapeña says training will start with a 'core group' of some 2,000 MILF rebel returnees, 1,000 Higaonon IPs, and 1,800 drug surrenderers

TRAINING. Thousands of drug surrenderers, IPs, former rebels will start skills training unde the TESDA's special clients program. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Catamco: BOL will bring peace to lumad of North Cotabato

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:32 PM

North Cotabato Representative Nancy Catamco, a Manobo, says she actively participated in the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law to bring peace and development to lumad communities

Zero ‘no’ votes in a number of Marawi City precincts as local election officers wrap up their Barangay’s #BangsamoroVote. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

'Zebra' tribal body paint cuts fly bites 10-fold – study

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:47 PM

It is known that zebras get bitten far less than animals with a single fur color, so a team of researchers decided to see if the light stripes painted on humans would have a similar deterrent effect

Duterte says he'll 'hamlet' Lumad to keep them from NPA

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:21 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte plans to keep indigenous peoples in 'hamlets' to be guarded by military and police

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte convenes the leaders from various indigenous peoples tribes of Mindanao during a meeting at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on November 8, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DSWD to 'rescue' homeless kids, IPs begging in streets during holidays

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The DSWD says it is closely coordinating with local government units on the effort

IP representative in Kidapawan council loses service car, rides horse to work

Nov 10, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Datu Radin Igwas, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative in the Kidapawan City Council, now rides a horse to work after Mayor Joseph Evangelista removed his service vehicle

HORSEBACK RIDE. Datu Radin Igwas on a horseback ride to the Sangguniang Panglungsod session in Kidapawan City on Thursday. Photo by Melchor Bayawan

Lumad boy shot by guard in Bukidnon

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The details of the incident, which happened in Barangay Kawayan at around 7 am, remain scant

[OPINION] The Lumad are not the villains

Nov 04, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Mocha Uson, you asked the Lumad to chant your President's name. Well here's my response: his name's not worth chanting.

Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Groups slam Uson for red-tagging Lumad rights organizations

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:42 AM

One of the supposed Lumad at Mocha Uson's 'protest' at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus is linked to a paramilitary group, say Lumad rights advocates

[OPINION] Coffee and the blood of indigenous peoples

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The government's intensified campaign against communist rebels makes indigenous peoples vulnerable to violence; the specter of death underpins their lives like an active fault line

Filipina tagged by gov't as 'terrorist' wins UN's highest environmental award

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:46 AM

Joan Carling joins French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as recipients of the 2018 Champions of the Earth award

'CHAMPION TO COMMUNITIES.' Joan Carling is among the recipients of the United Nations' 2018 'Champions of the Earth' award. Photo from Joan Carling's Facebook page

Donate books, help Lumad students finish college

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao targets to complete a 3,000-book requirement by September 20, to get a permit from the Commission on Higher Education

Cordillera council wants power to go after publishers of erroneous textbooks

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:11 PM

While the Committee on Indigenous People's Concerns condemns the mistakes and misrepresentations, the Department of Education's Cordillera Education Program Supervisor, Ethielyn Taqued, says the books did not pass evaluations

The push for indigenous people's provisions in BBL

Jul 10, 2018 - 2:06 PM

If the BBL is a template for federalism, the more we need to articulate indigenous people's rights in it because IPs are not only found in the Bangsamoro core area but scattered throughout the country

Duterte names Allen Capuyan as adviser on indigenous peoples

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints a new SEC commissioner and names Jojo Garcia – previously just officer-in-charge – as MMDA general manager

Malacañang rejects 'authoritarian' tag: Rule of law 'thrives' in PH

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is 'detached with the realities happening in the Philippines'

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz gestures during a press conference in Tegucigalpa on April 20, 2017. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP