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Pope Francis says Indigenous people have rights over their lands


February 16, 2017

Indigenous people must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands, Pope Francis insisted Wednesday as the U.S. administration of Donald Trump seeks to advance construction on the $3.8-billion Dakota Access pipeline.

Francis, who met with representatives of Indigenous people attending a UN agricultural meeting, said the key issue facing them is how to reconcile the right to development with protection of their cultures and territories.


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