Several months ago, on August 1, 2017, Indigenous rights protester Santiago Maldonado went missing. His disappearance did not escape the public eye as it led to massive protests in Argentina demanding the government provide answers for what happened to Maldonado.
On August 1, 2017, activist Santiago Maldonado was detained by Argentine police at an indigenous rights rally in Patagonia and has not been seen since. According to José Miguel Vivanco of the Human Rights Watch Organization (2017), Maldonado was visiting a Mapuche Indigenous community to stand in solidarity with their opposition to the extradition of an indigenous leader.
In December of 2015, Douglas Tompkins died of hypothermia after his boat capsized on a kayaking trip on General Carrera Lake in Patagonia, a region in southern Chile and Argentina. Douglas Tompkins was a co-founder of the clothing companies The North Face and Esprit, but his biggest legacy is that of a philanthropist and environmentalist.