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Grants in South America

Land is Life
2005
$2,000 to support two members of the Zapara community from the Ecuadorian Amazon to travel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a training preceding the Forum to build capacity for representatives from over 20 Indigenous communities around the world to strengthen their ability to participate in the meeting and other international gatherings effectively.
Protest in Sao Paulo against soy expansion
Xavante Wara Association
2005
$3,500 to support a gathering of delegates from Xavante and Kraho territories in Sao Paulo to hold a high-profile media event and discuss their plans for protecting the Cerrado, Brazil’s expansive woodland-savanna that is currently being cleared for large scale agriculture projects.
Amazon Defense Front
2005
$5,000 to support the sixth bi-annual congress of the coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous inhabitants of the Ecuadorian Amazon, to elect new leaders, review plans and projects (especially around the ChevronTexaco lawsuit and judicial inspections), and to allow base communities to report on their monitoring of Petroecuador, Oxy and Encana facilities and pipelines.
Traditional U'wa Authority
2005
$4,000 to support newly elected U’wa President Berito Cobaría, and community leader Daris Cristancho, on a visit to the US to embark on a speaking tour, meet with members of Congress and attend a strategy meeting, among other activities.
Alianza de Nacionalidades
2005
$5,000 for travel of three Indigenous leaders from communities in Ecuador and Peru affected by Burlington Resources to the ConocoPhilips AGM in Houston (which is merging with Burlington) to continue their multi-year effort to confront oil companies with a unified voice and to raise the profile of their struggle.
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