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17 May 2009

Emily Dugan, Independent [UK]

Tribe wants newly elected politicians to 'keep their word'

An Indian tribe which has lost its five-year battle to save its sacred home from destruction by a British FTSE-100 mining company earlier this month, only discovered its fate on Friday. The Dongria Kondh have been living for centuries on the remote Niyamgiri Mountain in eastern India, worshipping the hill god Niyam Raja and living off the land. But an Indian Supreme Court ruling means that Vedanta…can begin mining on the mountain. Vedanta's subsidiary, Sterlite, has been given permission to begin mining bauxite…on land considered sacred by the tribe…A spokesman for Vedanta said: "…The Supreme Court has given its permission and identified a number of commitments for us to meet to help the community…"

Part of the following timelines

India: Supreme Court says Vedanta can start mining land considered sacred by Dongria Kondh tribe

Vedanta Resources lawsuit (re Dongria Kondh in Orissa)