Mar 5, 2012

Mexico's Indigenous: How to Pay a Debt Past Due

CIP Americas: "The famine in the Sierra Tarahumara reveals a problem that goes beyond the current crisis— it demonstrates the structural exploitation of the Rarámuri, O’odam, Warixó and Odame peoples. Facied with an outpouring of solidarity and concern in the local, national and international public, the Governor of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, has said recently that both the government and society owe a “historical debt” to the Indian people of Mexico’s largest state.

No one would debate the fact that the state of Chihuahua, and all of Mexico, owes a tremendous debt to the original peoples of this country. For half a millennium, indigenous people have been ransacked and the looting only stops when there is nothing left to take and no one left to drive out. What should be debated today is how those historical debts will be paid." read more

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