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Indigenous Peoples

From its chartering days, URI has recognized the importance of including the voices and participation of Indigenous people. We recognize and value the people living on the land of their ancestors, and URI Cooperation Circles act to protect the rights of all indigenous people to live in accordance with their traditions, and to uplift their voices. 

Some examples of this work include:

  • standing with the American Indian tribes at Standing Rock Indian Reservation to protect sacred land from an oil pipeline;
  • writing down South American oral histories to preserve them for future generations;
  • sending out awareness videos and messages worldwide for Indigenous People’s Day; performance troupes teaching traditional Zulu dances, costume, and culture;
  • protecting Indigenous people’s rights to their ancestral land and demanding equity and representation in local governments; and
  • gatherings devoted to reconciliation, listening, and harmonious living.
Label: Featured Cooperation Circles

Fé-minina CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
27 members

URI-Burundi

Africa,
12 members

Marawaka CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Bokaro Peace Circle

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Alianza por Espiritualidad Maya Q’eqchi’, Mopán e Itzaj-APEM

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 (seven) members

Seeds for Change

Europe,
7 members

Atman: the Samuhaa

Asia,
12 members

Protecting and Restoring the Sacred

North America,
9 members

Sarwadharm Vichar Manch

Asia,
7 members

World P.L.A.Y. Movement

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Wiñay Llayta (Eternal People) CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

Bridge of Peace CC

Asia,
12 members

Moreland Together

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
24 members

Msu-Iit Youth Chain Of Peace - MYCoP

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Yacu – Yura (Aguas Claras/Clear Waters)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

NOWTIME Radio

Multi-Region,
9 members

Rural Development Society CC

Asia,
21 members

Initiative for Solidarity CC

Asia,
11 members

Multifaith Advisory and Action Group - MAAG

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
46 members

Modern Method

Asia,
7 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

Sadbhawana Samiti

Asia,
9 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

Bangalore Cooperation Circle

Asia,
10 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Hidden Seeds: Global Indigenous Network

Multi-Region,
33 members

Mujeres Kunas Artesanas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Mandala Earth Story Project

Multi-Region,
10 members

Qhana UTA CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Movimiento Ecuménico Interreligioso de Pueblos Indígenas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
14 members

Of the Indigenous People of Argentina CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
12 members

La Villa de Arcilla

Multi-Region,
9 members

Mujeres Originarias en la Política Social y Comunitaria CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
9 members

GAUTENG Khoi and San Council

Africa,
100 members

TOL’ART

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Amaru CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

The Oracle Institute

North America,
17 members

Consejo Interamericano Sobre La Espiritualidad Indígena A.C. CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
25 members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Quinaroa CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Abhigyane Foundation

Asia,
11 members

Caminhos da Terra

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Anando CC

Asia,
11 members

Los Descendientes de Guatemaya

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Qewña Cooperation Circle

Latin America and the Caribbean,
17 members

C.O.E.MA.TI (Comunidad Originaria Ecos de la Madre Tierra)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
14 members

Alliance For Development (AFODE)

Africa,
250 members

Prometra Uganda

Africa,
10 members

Youth For Development, Cameroon

Africa,
30 members

PathWays for Diversity Education Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

Global Youth Movement – GYM

Multi-Region,
150 members

Interfaith Forum For Peace Harmony And Solidarity

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
35 members

Aflaiai (Eterno)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Sacred Currents

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Kathak Dharohar

Asia,
7 members

Comunidad Cosmica CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Advocates For Grassroots Inter-Religious Cooperation

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

SAMAY

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Connecting the Dots

Africa,
7 members

Red Nacional De Educadores Agrarios Del Paraguay

Latin America and the Caribbean,
700 members

Anugraha CC

Asia,
21 members

Asia Culture House

Asia,
100 members

Kuxkatan

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Golden Women Vision in Uganda

Africa,
84 members

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CC Leader Receives Person of the Year Recognition

Rosalia Gutierrez, Of The Indigenous People of Argentina Cooperation Circle leader, received a great honor from Argentinean daily newspaper Cronica

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January 26, 2015 9:00 AM

The Weekly Shot: Honoring the Spirit of Fire and Indigenous Traditions

Representatives of 11 indigenous Cooperation Circles from Latin America and the Caribbean took part in “Honoring the Spirit of Grandfather Fire," a forum on native spirituality.

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January 19, 2015 9:00 AM

The Weekly Shot: Storytelling in the Altai Republic of Russia

Members of the Euro-Asia CC participate in a jubilee for renowned storyteller in the Altai Republic of Russia.

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December 29, 2014 9:01 AM

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December 15, 2014 9:12 AM

The Weekly Shot: Indigenous Action in Latin America

Three indigenous women attend the Latin American Regional Assembly in Brazil in 2008.

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November 26, 2014 8:36 AM

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