The contemporary political history
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- Six Principles for a New Mexican State
- Abya Yala News, Fall 1994. Article
based on a proposal written by the Independent Indian Peoples
Front (FIPI) and the Committee for the Support and Defense of
Indian Rights (CADDIAC). After consultating with Indigenous
organizations, FIPI contributed this document to the working
roundtables established at the National Democratic Convention.
- Huasteca veracruzana
- Indigenas Veracruzanos Huyen del Acoso Policiaco, 21 June
1995. Concerning the Huasteca (in Spanish).
- Announcing a gathering of Indigenous peoples of
- 26 June 1996. The indigenous peoples of Chihuahua's Sierra
Madre will gather in Baborigame, Chihuahua, July 26-29. The
event is sponsored by CASMAC (Consejo Asesor Sirra Madre, A.C.,
an indigenous rights organization that helps protect the native
peoples and forests of the Sierras from the encroachment of
increasing narcotics trafficking and illegal logging.
- New Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and
- MexPax Analysis #71, Heartbeat of Mexico,
8 March 1996. Although the Zapatista uprising and its
sequel have focused the spotlight on the movement for indigenous
autonomy, such demands have long been expressed by aboriginal
groups and encompass far more ethnic groups than those in the
state of Chiapas who share a common Mayan ancestry. Fifth National
Indigenous Plural Assembly for Autonomy (ANIPA), held the last
week in April in Chilapa, Guerrero.
- Congress calls uprising to protect districts
- The Irish Times, Wednesday 20 May
1998. Mexico's indigenous people rallied to the cause of
the Chiapas rebels, announcing the creation of Zapatista-style
autonomous districts in five states which stretch halfway
across the country. Chiapas governor Guillen after dismantled
two. Tbe CNI responded by calling for a
and the creation of autonomous districts beyond Chiapas.
- In Mexico, a quest for autonomy: Indigenous groups
seek greater say in local affairs
- By Laurie Goering, The Chicago Tribune,
15 June 2001. In April Congress approved constitutional
reforms to give Mexico's 62 indigenous groups new rights
and a measure of autonomy. They were a precondition to peace
with the Zaptista rebels of Chiapas and were based on the San
Andres peace accords of 1996. But what emerged from Congress
was a watered-down law that even President Vicente Fox--who
proposed the bill--no longer supports.
- Indigenous farmers fight land seizures, win
- By Adrian Garcia, Workers World,
25 July 2002. Zapata's call for land and liberty nearly
a century ago is very much alive among working people. Indigenous
farmers from San Salvador Atenco and neighboring communities
embarked on almost weekly protests in Mexico City. The Mexican
government's plans to expropriate their land in order to
build a six-runway airport.