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Indian tribe's Avatar-like battle against mining firm reaches supreme court

The leaders of thousands of forest-dwelling tribesmen who have fought for years to preserve their ancestral lands from exploitation by an international mining corporation have promised to continue their struggle whatever the decision in a key hearing before India's supreme court…[T]he battle of the Dongria Kondh people to stop the London-based conglomerate Vedanta Resources from mining bauxite from a hillside they consider sacred has attracted international support...[T]he court will decide on an appeal by Vedanta against a ministerial decision in 2010 that stopped work at the site in the Niyamgiri hills of India's eastern Orissa state…This weekend Vedanta, contacted through their London-based public relations firm, declined to comment…The supreme court may decide to send the case to the newly constituted national green tribunal, a body of legal and technical experts, to consider once more.

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