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Rallying Cry: Dongria Stand Firm Against Vedanta Mine 13 June 2013

Health & Wellness  (tags: abuse, culture, environment, family, government, rights, society, destruction, habitatdestruction, nature, endangered, health, prevention )

- 1771 days ago -
Dongria leader Lodu Sikaka said, 'We are not going to let go of Niyamgiri. We are not going to leave Niyamgiri, our Mother Earth.Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe, for example, collect over 200 foods from their forests, as well as other products for meds

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Christeen A (370)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:48 pm
Kudos to all of them. Please keep up the fight. Thank you.

Svetlana B (20)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:49 pm
Noted thank you

Animae C (514)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:12 pm
Thank you Marjolein, i didn't know about this.

Is nothing safe in this world from GREED?!?!?

Does everyone realize there is action to take at the very end of the article?

The letter is already composed for you & is sent to your email address,
i will be handwriting & posting mine.
PLEASE do the same, emails are not read!

These precious people need our help.

Nicole W (646)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:10 pm
happy to mail a letter on their behalf, thank you for posting Marjolein and for the forward AniMaeChi

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:15 pm
The videos were very interesting and moving. What it teaches us in Mine a Sacred Mountain, is that a small group of determined people CAN stand up to the Greed and destruction of these Corporations.

Granted the world eyes got involved via many various ways, but it took the people of that area to stand up first. It gives everyone a boost to stand up for their particular Sacred Space in their neighborhood. Remember, once destroyed, it is gone.

Keep shining the light on the corrupt and destructive practices no matter where they are.

Pat B (356)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:48 pm
Will send a letter to:
Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Ministry of Environment and Forests
Paryavaran Bhavan
Thank you, Marjolein for this.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:28 pm
Thank you.

Julie E (405)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:15 pm
To get the letter sent to your e-mail address go to:
Minister Jayanthi NatarajanMinister of State (Independent Charge)Ministry of Environment and ForestsParyavaran BhavanCGO Complex, Lodhi RoadNew Delhi – 110 003India
Dear Minister Natarajan
I welcome the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ refusal to approve Vedanta Resources’ planned mine in the Niyamgiri Hills. The decision has sent a positive signal to India’s tribal peoples, and a clear message to industries that fail to abide by the laws of the land.
In the light of this decision, I urge your government to take a further step towards recognising tribal peoples' rights in India by ratifying ILO Convention 169 for indigenous and tribal peoples.
I also urge you to use your influence to ensure that the Jarawa tribe of the Andaman Islands can survive. The road which cuts through the Jarawa's forest is still open, despite a 2002 Supreme Court order that it be closed, and poachers are still invading their land. Please ensure that the principles of the current Jarawa policy are upheld: that the Jarawa are free to make their own decisions with 'minimum interference’ in their lives.
Yours sincerely,

Protect uncontacted tribes - SIGN THE PETITION:

Julie E (405)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:16 pm

The letter and petition are not the same. Both need to be done.

Paul Girardin (126)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:51 pm
As if I needed more reasons to be ashamed of living in the same world as "people" capable of those monstrous acts for the sake of money!

Thanks for sharing!

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:24 pm
Thank you AniMaeChi for sending me the link to marjolein's news story:
Rallying Cry: Dongria Stand Firm Against Vedanta Mine 13 June 2013

Thanks you Julie E. for the links to the letter and the petition. I will sign & send out all. Posted to Twitter.

Text taken from this article:

To be a Dongria Kondh is to live in the Niyamgiri Hills in Odisha state, India – they do not live anywhere else. Yet Vedanta Resources is determined to mine their sacred mountain’s rich seam of bauxite (aluminium ore).

Mine – Story of a Sacred Mountain
This short film, narrated by Joanna Lumley, tells the story of the Dongria Kondh’s resistance. Vedanta are intent on constructing an open-cast mine on their land and thereby destroying the tribes sacred mountain and with it everything they know.
The Supreme Court has given the Dongria three months to decide whether to allow mining in the hills.

There are over 8000 members of the tribe, living in villages scattered throughout the Niyamgiri Hills.

They call themselves Jharnia, meaning ‘protector of streams’, because they protect their sacred mountains and the life-giving rivers that rise within its thick forests.

If the mine goes ahead, the Dongria Kondh would lose their good health, their self-sufficiency and their expert knowledge of the hills, forests and farming systems that they have nurtured.
‘We are mountain people. If we go somewhere else we will die.
Rajendra Vadaka’To the Dongria, Niyam Dongar hill is the seat of their god, Niyam Raja. To Vedanta it is a $2billion deposit of bauxite.

Vedanta’s open pit mine would destroy the forests, disrupt the rivers and spell the end of the Dongria Kondh as a distinct people.

The Dongria, and neighbouring Kondh tribals who also revere Niyam Raja, are determined to protect their sacred mountain.

‘We live for our Niyamgiri’
The Dongria Kondh have lived in Niyamgiri for thousands of years and their lifestyle and religion have helped nurture the area’s dense forests and unusually rich wildlife.
They have held road blocks, a human chain and countless demonstrations against the company.

A Vedanta jeep was set alight when it was driven onto the sacred plateau.

Hope for Niyamgiri
‘Vedanta has come here to destroy the Dongria. We will drive them away. They don’t have any right to touch our mountains. Even if you behead us, we are not going to allow this.
Rajendra Vadaka’The Indian government has refused to grant final clearance for Vedanta’s mine, choosing to place the Dongria Kondh’s rights above the company’s balance sheet.

In April 2013 the Supreme Court decided that the Dongria Kondh must make a decision on whether mining should go ahead.

While it is good that the court has recognized their right to decide the fate of their lands, the final decision will be taken by the government. There are serious concerns about the pressures that will be piled on the Dongria in the short time that they have been given to reach their decision.

Mining the sacred mountain
At the centre of the struggle is the Dongria’s sacred mountain, the ‘mountain of law’. The Dongrias worship the top of the mountain as the seat of their god and protect the forests there
Vedanta Resources wants to mine the bauxite from the top of the same mountain.

‘Not even this handful of soil’
The Dongria Kondh explain why they vehemently oppose the building of a mine on their land and what they must do to resist it.
The Dongria Kondh would lose their livelihood, their identity and the sanctity of their most religious site.

In common with other displaced tribal peoples worldwide, they would also lose their present good health, their self-sufficiency and their expert knowledge of the hills, forests and farming systems that they have nurtured.

Vedanta has been trying to mine Niyamgiri’s bauxite since 2003. The company built a refinery at the foot of the hills and started on the conveyor belt that would bring the bauxite out of the hills.

Kondh villagers who were removed from their homes for the refinery have suffered threats and intimidation. They have lost both their land and their means of supporting themselves.

They are also suffering from health problems due to pollution from the refinery, which they blame for skin problems, livestock diseases and crop damage.

The Odisha government’s pollution control board found emissions from the refinery to be ‘alarming’ and ‘continuous’.

Although the mine has currently been shelved, and the refinery has been temporarily shut due to a lack of bauxite, until the refinery is permanently closed the Dongria remain concerned that their hill is not safe."


Barbara F (47)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:04 pm
Noted & Sent Letter.

Animae C (514)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:15 pm
Oops must've missed the petition,
Thanx Julie!


Great! Thanks to you, we’re up to 123,254 signatures.


Kathy Crews (71)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:53 pm
Thanks....signed and letter sent

Past Member (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 12:00 am

Thanks AniMaeChi

William A (49)
Friday June 14, 2013, 1:14 am
Thank you for sharing.

Apolonia Pl (392)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:27 am
Thanks to you we’re up to 123,256 signatures.
But we really want to reach 150,000. Please—can you step up once more, and send the petition around?

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:44 am
Thanks Marjolein!! Interesting article for sure! I hope this mine is not able to go through!

Thanks Julie!!

Angelika R (143)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:51 am
Thanks to you, we’re up to 123,257 signatures., petition signed, thx.

paul m (93)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:55 am


jeanne schreurs (205)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:26 am

Well done Dongria. I hope you can live without Vedanta on your mountain.

It's a pitty that there are people who don't value what they have in favour of the money.


Patricia H. (440)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:40 am

Karen Gee (97)
Friday June 14, 2013, 7:57 am

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday June 14, 2013, 8:08 am
Signed and printed, noted.

Van voorst coll C (324)
Friday June 14, 2013, 11:17 am
Signed, thanks AniMaeChi!

Michela M (3964)
Friday June 14, 2013, 12:29 pm
123,264 signatures.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 1:09 pm
Noted and signed! Thank you, Marjolein for posting and AniMaeChi for sharing!

Winn Adams (179)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:08 pm
Petition signed. Never give up!

Hugo L (255)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:16 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Marjolein

Patricia E G (53)
Monday June 17, 2013, 7:35 pm
I have signed this petition. # 123,297.
Wrote a letter to the Dongria Kondh.
Sorry for the delay Marjolein
Thank you for posting

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 5:37 pm
Thx Marjolein-signed.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:43 pm
Will send letter, however couldn't sign petition because do not use social sites - very sorry.
Also sending letters for first ten tribes listed on related site. All I can do this month - will send some letters every month till gone thru list. Thank you so much for this info. It seems our Native Americans aren't the only ones to be displaced, or killed, because of greed.
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