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Mapuche-Huilliche Community Granted Coastal Rights

It was reported yesterday (01-15-2015) in Mapuexpress that the Mapuche-Huilliche Community of Wente Caulín was granted rights over coastal waters in Chiloé. Specifically, the coastal area near the community was designated an “Indigenous Peoples’ Marine Coastal Area” under Chilean law, which grants the community the right to use and administer the coastal region. The Mapuche-Huilliche Community of Wente Caulín is comprised of approximately 500 families and has fought for eight years to gain these rights. Continue reading

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Chilean Supreme Court Rejects Mapuche Claim to Access a Sacred Site

On Monday, September 24th, the Chilean Supreme Court — in a unanimous decision — rejected the claim of a group of Huilliche people (a sub-group of the Mapuche people) who were trying to gain access to a sacred site. The Supreme Court stated that the land in question was owned by a private individual and, as such, could not be granted the special protection sought by the Huilliche people. Continue reading

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Chile’s Supreme Court Halts Wind Farm Project and Orders Consultation with Mapuche People

On Friday, March 23rd, the Chilean Supreme Court handed down a decision in favor of a Huilliche-Mapuche community who were trying to stop Ecopower — a Chilean-Sweedish company — from building 56 wind turbines on the island of Chiloé. The Huilliche community claimed, among other things, that they were never effectively consulted about the project and that the project would negatively affect Mapuche ceremonial sites and burial grounds. The Supreme Court agreed that consultation had not occurred and ordered that the project be halted until consultation has been completed. Continue reading

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Mapuche Community Peacefully Occupies Traditional Lands and Plans to Stay Indefinitely

On the morning of Thursday, October 20th, approximately 30 families from the Mapuche-Huilliche community of Huichan Mapu walked onto a 250 hectare (approximately 615 acre) parcel of land in Frutillar, Chile and began a peaceful occupation of the land. The community was removed from the land in 1991 and has been trying, unsuccessfully, to use the processes of the state to gain its return. According to their spokesperson, the families are prepared to stay on the land indefinitely until the land is returned to the community. Continue reading

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Mapuche Peacefully Occupy Traditional Lands in Rio Bueno

On Tuesday, July 12th, Mapuche-Huilliche communities occupied traditional lands near the town of Rio Bueno (Los Lagos Region) to stop the destruction of a major sacred site and to demonstrate their opposition to the proposed construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Pilmaiquén River. In total, members from more than 20 communities peacefully occupied the lands. The community action prompted conflicting responses from the Chilean Government, with the local director of CONADI (Chile’s Indigenous development corporation) supporting the communities’ demands to have the land returned, while the local Chilean prosecutor ordered that the occupation be broken up. Continue reading

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Threat of Dam Construction for Huilliche Communities in Los Ríos Region

Over the weekend, Mapuche-Huilliche communities from the area around Maihue lake met to discuss the proposed construction of a hydroelectric dam, Central Maqueo, by the Norwegian company Trayenko (an affiliate of SN Power in Chile). Continue reading

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Chile: Indigenous News Briefs for October 4, 2010

Below are links to the various indigenous news stories that were published online in Chile on October 4, 2010. Continue reading

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Huilliche in Land Dispute with President Piñera

Last Friday, at the round table discussions of Ñielol, the Chief of Chiloé brought up for consideration an ongoing land dispute between the Huilliche and President Piñera that concerns 91,000 hectares of land located in Tantauco Park on Chiloé Island. The land was purchased by Piñera in 2004. The Huilliche claim that the land is part of their ancestral territory and are demanding that it be returned. Continue reading

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Piñera Announces Roundtable with Mapuche

On Friday, President Piñera announced to the country that a roundtable discussion with the Mapuche will commence in Temuco next week, specifically on the hill of Ñielol. The announcement came as a surprise to most and occurred on a grand stage–during the raising of Chile’s flag at the start of the Bicentennial celebrations. Continue reading

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Puerto Montt Court of Appeals Decides in Favor of Comunidad Mapuche Huilliche Pepiukelen

On July 27, 2010, the Court of Appeals in Puerto Montt issued a decision on a land rights and consultation case involving the Comunidad Mapuche Huilliche Pepiukelen and the Empresa Pesquera Los Fiordos, Ltd.  Although tensions between the company and neighboring indigenous communities are not new, this case highlighted recent conflicts surrounding construction work that the company was carrying out on a lagoon. Continue reading

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