Alberto Curamil

Alberto Curamil (born c. 1974) is a Chilean and Mapuche indigenous leader from the Araucanía Region. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2019, for his efforts to protect the Cautín River from hydroelectric development projects.[1][2][3]

Alberto Curamil
Bornc. 1974
Occupation(s)Indigenous leader, Mapuche spokesperson
AwardsGoldman Environmental Prize (2019)

In 2018, he was arrested and jailed for 15 months for armed robbery but was later acquitted of all charges and released in December 2019.[4] In April 2021, he sustained injuries after a confrontation with police which led to him being hit with riot shotgun pellets.[5]

He holds the position of lonco, a chief of several communities.[6]


  1. ^ "Alberto Curamil". Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  2. ^ Loftus-Farren, Zoe (29 April 2019). "Jailed Chilean Anti-Dam Warrior Awarded 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize". Earth Island Journal. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ Leahy, Patrick (23 May 2019). "Statement On Alberto Curamil". Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Opinion: He has worked to protect the Earth. Now we must protect him". Washington Post. Washington Post.
  5. ^ "Fears for Chilean indigenous leader's safety after police shooting". Guardian. Guardian.
  6. ^ "Mapuche Rising". Foreign Correspondent. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 March 2022.