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Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

WASHINGTON - AFP reported this week: "Indigenous peoples, who have been hard hit by the ravages of global warming, were gathering in Alaska Monday for talks on the impact of climate change on native communities. 'Indigenous peoples are on the front lines of this global problem, at a time when their cultures and livelihoods in traditional lands are already threatened,' said Patricia Cochran, chairwoman of the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change."

The summit goes until Friday.

FAITH GEMMIL, http://www.indigenoussummit.com
Gemmil is the director of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands. She is Pit River/ Wintu and Neets'aii Gwich'in Athabascan from Arctic Village, Alaska.

TOM GOLDTOOTH, http://www.ienearth.org
Goldtooth is director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is Dakota and Dine (Navajo) from Minnesota.

FIU MATA'ESE ELISARA-LAULU
Elisara-Laulu is a member of O Le Siosiomaga Society based in Samoa.

JORGE GABRIEL FURAGANO [Spanish language only]
Furagano is president of the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Colombian Amazon.

The above summit attendees can be reached through:

ORRIN LANGELLE
JIHAN GEARON

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