Tribe Conquers Oil Company

| September/October 2002

After a decade-long struggle, the U'wa tribe, which lives in the rainforest of Colombia, has forced Occidental Petroleum to abandon its drilling operation on the U'wa's ancestral lands, reports AlterNet. The 5,000-member tribe filed lawsuits, staged peaceful protests, forged alliances with progressive organizations in the United States-and finally prayed for the oil
to move.