The economic history of
Native Americans in Colombia

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The Uwa threaten to commit collective Suicide
By Andrew Marshall, 22 October 1996. In 1992 the Colombian government, via the State Petroleum Company ECOPETROL, signed a seismic oil exploration and exploitation contract in the so called Samore' Block with Occidental of Colombia, Inc., a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum (OXY) of the USA. An important portion of the Uwa traditional territory is included in this Block.
U'wa of Colombia reject all new oil exploration: New Report Details Occidental Petroleum's Role in Ongoing Crisis
South and Meso American Indian Rights Center (SAIIC) press release, 10 August 1998. After two and a half months of fasting and meditating, the U'wa people of Colombia have returned from the mountains to declare their unequivocal rejection of any new oil exploration by Occidental on their ancestral lands.
Colombian Indians doubt safety of spraying crops: The $1.5 billion US aid package now before the Senate would fund more spraying of illegal plants
By Timothy Pratt, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 October 1999. If the Yanacona Indians have their way, the Colombian government in coming months may allow them to take out tens of thousands of poppy plants - the source of heroin - with their own hands rather than be sprayed, whicb causes collateral damage to corn and other crops and is a human health risk,
Indigenous Group Takes Protest Abroad
By María José Llanos, IPS, 29 December 1999. Representatives of the Embera Katio indigenous community in Colombia plan to travel abroad to the countries financing the Urra dam, to demand that the flooding of their land be stopped.
The Emberas: Colombia's tenacious Indians
By Robert Mykle, 6 March 2000. In the Choco-Uraba area of northwestern Colombia lies the vast Murindo rainforest, one of the largest virgin tracts of jungle left in South America—the lungs of the world. The Murindo rainforest is one of the world's most diverse bio-systems. The Embera Indians living along rivers make a living from subsistence farming, fishing and trading. Illegal colonization and logging.
No Aerial Spraying, Colombia's Indigenous People Plead
Environment News Service, 22 July 2002. The Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Putumayo Zone (OZIP) and the 128 Indigenous Governing Councils in the Department of Putumayo have issued a plea to the government of Colombia and the international community not to spray their lands with herbicide intended to kill illegal coca plants.