Native Boarding Schools: The Other Side of the New World

From the moment European colonizers accidentally found a path to reach the New World, they made this land into their source of wealth. Raw materials, crops, precious metals, and even people were drawn from it to become commodities that would deepen the continental royalties’ pockets. However, this process started in the late 15th century and it could seem like after the 4th of July 1776, there had been no remaining shadow of this foreign presence. However, a group of peoples who inhabited the land long before any other outsiders set foot on it, the natives, took one of the hardest hits. They were forced out of their homes, persecuted for their culture, and ostracized for fighting to keep it alive. It is a part of History we are often not told about, but their presence and fight for freedom and recognition seem to be coming to fruition in the last years.

The Palm Oil Havoc in Indonesia

Indonesian forests have been destroyed at a significant rate to create plantations for the palm oil industry. Behind the environmental impacts to forests, rivers, and air, there is a serious human impact, with threats to the life of entire indigenous communities. All this with poor account to the responsible, being companies and government actors.