Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples

IPs to President Aquino: on the Bangsamoro

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT April 7, 2014 HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III President of the Republic of the Philippines Malacanang, Manila Your Excellency President Aquino:
Greetings of...

Tribal leader prefers medicine-making over mining as livelihood means

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 September)—Harnessing the potentials of indigenous peoples to produce medicines from plants and herbs as a livelihood opportunity is better than allowing...

Political, economic rights on top of Malaybalay Lumads’ 8-point agenda

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 Sept) – Political and economic rights are on top of the eight-point legislative agenda of the indigenous peoples in Malaybalay City,...

Bukidnon Lumad leaders on SONA: Silent again on indigenous peoples

MALAYBALAY CITY  (MindaNew/23 July) --   “Silent again on indigenous peoples.” This was the reaction of Lumad (indigenous peoples) leaders here to President Aquino’s nearly 90-minute...

Lumads appeal for release of logs; Greens cry foul

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – Tribal chieftains from Agusan del Sur and a town in Agusan del Norte have come out to claim ownership...

Mamanwas want mining firm out of Surigao

CAGDIANAO, Claver, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/11 May) – Mamanwas vowed to continue barricading the mining site of Shen Zhou Mining Group Corporation here until...

IP support group on tension at Balabag mines: “cease provocations and de-escalate the situation”

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/21 April) –  A support group for indigenous peoples (IPs) is calling for support to “multi-stakeholder action and calls to...

Dialogue tempers rift between military, tribe

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 March)—A brewing rift between the military and a tribal community in the coal-rich town of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato was averted...

Tribal river ritual celebrated to help spare Cagayan from another tragedy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 March 2012) -- Indigenous People (IP) of the Higaonon tribe from the 13 barangays here and tribal leaders of...

Lumad, Moro leaders reaffirm kinship, sign covenant

SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon (MindaNews/09 March) – Representatives of eight Moro tribes and most of the Lumad or non-Islamized tribes in Mindanao yesterday signed a...

Bukidnon-Tagoloan tribe reclaims riverside sacred site

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 January) – Members of the Bukidnon-Tagoloan tribe today held a ritual symbolizing their recovery of a spring along the Sawaga River...

Mamanwas rue ‘substandard’ housing units donated by mining firms

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/07 December) -- Who wouldn't want to live around rolling hills set against the backdrop of a scenic coastline? Definitely...

Surigao Mamanwas push for IP council representation

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Nov) – Members of the Mamanwa tribe in Agusan del Norte and some parts of Surigao del Norte  appealed to the...

Impasugong proposed as Bukidnon’s tribal capital

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 September) – Impasugong, Bukidnon’s 134-year old town has been proposed to be declared as the tribal capital of the province. Provincial Board...
MOTHER IN GRIEF. Rosita Gica sits beside the coffin bearing his son, Welcie, who was killed on August 24 by security guards of a ranch owner in Maramag town, Bukidnon. Rosita and the farmers belonging to the Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association (Padata), brought the remains of Welcie to the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous People in Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday, Sept 1.. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

Bukdinon Lumad farmers decry killing of Higaonon farmer

Early in the morning of  Thursday, September 1, residents near the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) along the corner...

Lumads decry killing of leaders

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) – The Lumad communities have express alarm over the consecutive killing of three tribal leaders in Monkayo, Compostela Valley these...

Bagobo-K'latas in Kahusayan protest alleged encroachment of their land

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Apr) – On the second day of their march for justice and land, at least 300 Bagobo K’lata lumads and farmers...

Lumads wonder what land to give the next generation

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 Apr) – The location of the early morning “Pamalas” ritual to ward off evil spirits from the “yutang kabilin”...

Tempest sinking in at Tampakan project’

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 March) – One of the worst fears expressed years back by the local Catholic Church over the massive Tampakan copper-gold project...

Sagittarius Mines halts work as tribal chief, wife killed

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 February) — A tribal chieftain who staunchly supported the Tampakan copper-gold project of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc was killed Tuesday night...

Lumad group opposes move to ban open-pit mine in Zambo Norte

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – A group of Subanens in Zamboanga del Norte has expressed opposition to a proposed ordinance filed at the Sangguniang...

‘Respect our traditions,’ Lumads elders tell Pulangi hydro plant opposition

MALAYBALAY, Bukidnon (MindaNews/8 Feb) – A stakeholders’ forum on the proposed Pulangi 5 hydro electric power project in Kibawe town with about a thousand...

House to probe irregularities in royalty payments to Mamanwa tribe

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 Feb) – The House of Representatives will conduct an inquiry on the alleged irregularities concerning the multimillion-peso royalty payments made by...

Lumads ask Bayog officials to name mining firms with conflicting claims

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/28 January) — Indigenous communities here have asked the local government to reveal the identities of companies that have conflicting mining claims in this town. Timuay Lucenio Manda, barangay chairperson of Conacon, raised the question after municipal officials said that aside from failing to comply with legal requirements, some companies have conflicting mining claims that cover portions of the Lumads’ 30,000-hectare ancestral domain.

CA declares as null and void CMU titles over 3,000-hectare land; Lumads hail decision

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 January) -- “A landmark victory for indigenous peoples in Mindanao,” Bae Alma Binayao of the Manobo-Talaandig tribe, said of the Court of...

DARAB says Bukidnon sugar mill, not tribe, is owner of 230-hectare land

BUTONG, Quezon, Bukidnon (MindaNews/13 December) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) has reversed a decision it made in 1998 that favored...

Tribal leaders spurn caroling by Lumads

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 December) -- Tribal leaders have disapproved of what has become the practice of Lumads to come down from the mountains for...

Talaandigs celebrate life; dance to the beat of the drums

The tribe's art is everywhere in the Talaandig village in Songco. It is in their music, paintings, inside their houses and even on their doors. Children learn to beat the drums as soon as their hands can reach thecowhide canvases and Talaandig grandmothers see to it that this tradition is passed on by teaching the children how to dance to the beat of the drums.

Surigao Norte reps want inquiry on issuance of CADTs to alleged fake IPs

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 October) --  The congressional representatives of  Surigao del Norte are seeking an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the issuance of...

Group builds micro-hydropower plant in T’boli village

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/17 September) – Some 300 mostly T’boli households in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato are seen to benefit from a clean...

Cotabato gov, NGO head named Manobo bais

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/31 August) – In a ceremony that some leaders of indigenous peoples may frown upon, Cotabato Governor Lala Talinio-Mendoza and the head...

GenSan LGU vs NCIP on ancestral land claim of part of airport

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 Aug) – The city government here has filed administrative and criminal charges against top officials of the National Commission on...

Rep. Catamco seeks inclusion of subjects on IP cultures in school curricula

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – Cotabato 2nd District Rep. Nancy Catamco is set to propose the integration in elementary and high school curricula the...

Opposition to privatization of Mindanao’s hydropower complexes growing

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 August) – Opposition to the privatization of Mindanao’s Agus and Pulangi hydropower complexes as provided for in the Electric Power Industry...

Save Talaingod Network holds medical mission, calls for unity amidst “alarming health situation”

DAVAO CITY (STN/08 August) -- Insisting on the urgency to mitigate the poor health situation in the indigenous community, the Save Talaingod Network (STN)...

Mining firm pays P72.5 million to IPs from 2006 to 2008; Mamanwa...

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/03 August) – Taganito Mining Corporation, now under the Nickel Asia Corporation Group of Companies, has paid a total of P72.5 million...

Lumads to form body to deal with peace panels

SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon (MindaNews/02 August) — Some 90 Lumad leaders from various parts of Mindanao and Luzon capped their gathering here last week with...

P-Noy urged to include Lumad in Mindanao peace process

SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon (MindaNews/27 July) – President Benigno Aquino III must fulfill  his commitment in his first State of the Nation Address to include...

SONA silent on program for indigenous people, Lumad leaders say

SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon (MindaNews/27 July) – President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s first State of the Nation Address was silent on his program for the...

Lumads meet in Kitanglad for 4th State of the Indigenous Peoples’ Address ...

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/24 July) – An estimated 100 Lumads (indigenous peoples) from various parts of the country will gather at the foot for Mt....

Creation of tribal town in Cotabato eyed

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/19 July) -- Cotabato 2nd district Congresswoman Nancy Catamco will file a bill seeking the creation of a tribal municipality in her...

CBCP to Aquino: review all ‘anomalous and controversial’ mining deals

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recently called on President Benigno Aquino III to review all...

Tribal leader to PEF: Secure FPIC before eagle releases

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 July) – Manobo tribal leader Datu Ampuan Jeodoro Sulda has a word of advice to the people at the Philippine Eagle...

Lumads protesting FPIC grant to Kibawe rancher shave heads

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) – A datu and two women who are among the Lumads from Kibawe town in Bukidnon who have...

Lumads want NCIP to revoke FPIC for ranch in Kibawe

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) -- A group of lumads from Bukidnon yesterday picketed the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples here to demand the revocation of a Free and Prior Informed Consent granted to a ranch developer. The contested land is a 480-hectare property in Barangays Panalsalan and Dagumbaan , Kibawe town in Bukidnon.

Lumads hit ‘deception’ in carbon trading, demand ‘climate justice’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – Lumads or indigenous peoples belonging to 12 tribes in Mindanao’s southern provinces have declared their opposition to what they...

IP rights activist from Davao detained in Indonesia freed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 July) -- Indonesian authorities last night released an official of an indigenous peoples’ rights advocacy group here along with 12 other...

Davaoeña among detained activists in Indonesia

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/6 July) -- The Davao team leader of an indigenous peoples rights advocacy group, along with other activists of  different nationalities, has...

Pay royalty to lumads, solon tells Surigao mining firms

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/2 July) -- Surigao del Norte Rep. Guillermo Romarate Jr. (2nd Dist.) has warned mining firms operating on ancestral lands to pay...

Lumad leader urges Noynoy to give scholarship to indigenous youth

MALALAG, Davao del Sur (MindaNews/1 July) -- As President Benigno S. Aquino III conveyed his plans and promises to the Filipino people during his...

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