The history of Native Americans
in Ecuador

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Fueling Destruction in the Amazon
Interview between the Multinational Monitor and Dr. Luis Macas, President of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE). April 1994.
Interview with Luis Chumbo Yungo, Manuel Caguano Pinguil and Alberto Saeteros of the Provincial Union of Cooperatives and Indigenous Communities of Ca'nar (UPCCC)
With Robert Andolina, 20 January 1995. Racist attack on the indigenous activists' office and community center during the indigenous mobilization last summer.
Huaorani office raided by military and ONHAE President accused of murder
From South and Meso American Indian Rights Center (SAIIC), 16 June 1997. The Huaorani people's organization ONHAE has experienced a series of difficult and extremely disturbing events which require the Huaorani's international allies to respond with support.
Indians Demand Recognition as Autonomous Nationalities
By Mario Gonzalez, IPS, 10 March 1998. The leaders of Ecuador's 11 indigenous communities have sparked a debate with their call for a new constitution to recognise native groups as autonomous nationalities. The proposal put forth by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) will be discussed by the National Assembly, a body elected in December to draw up a new constitution.
The struggle to save Intag's forests and communities from Mitsubishi
By Carlos Zorrilla, 21 June 1999. History of the indigenous struggle against Mitsubishi mining. The character of the Junin mining project. Social and ecological impact in Intag. Organic coffee growing as alternative to mining.
Indigenous Group takes on US Oil Giant
By Danielle Knight, IPS, 15 July 1999. Oil companies, pushing ever deeper into the Amazon rain forests have been confronted by demands from an indigenous group for a code of conduct to continue their operations. The Secoya community wants to negotiate an agreement with Occidental Petroleum before it can continue exploring for oil in Secoya territory in north-east Ecuador.
Indigenous Groups Take Justice into Own Hands
By Kintto Lucas, IPS, 10 September 1999. Indigenous residents of Angahuana act in accord with native law, which is justified in Ecuador's constitution, but not supported by regulatory legislation. In Cayambe, a youth was purified and executed, but such private justice is not limited to Ecuador's Indian communities. Re native judical forms.
20.000 indigenas in Quito. The capital is militarised. Heavy confrontations feared
By Marlon Carrion C., Agencia Informativa Púlsar, 20 January 2000. People fear confrontations between the nearly 20.000 indigenas in the city and the heavy deployed military force around the governmental palace. The president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), Antonio Vargas, said that the struggle will go on until the ex-government of Jamil Mahuad comes out of the Palacio de Carondelet and resigns power.
Power Is Not Indigenous Goal, Says Leader
By Kintto Lucas, IPS, 2 February 2000. The objective of Ecuador's indigenous peoples is not power, but to create social change from within, assures Antonio Vargas, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), a leading force in one of Latin America's best organised native movements.