The history of the
Congreso Nacional Indigena (CNI)

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Declaration from the Mountain of Guerrero
Convencion Nacional Indigena (CNI), 25 December 1994. Having reunited during the 16,17,18th of December of 1994 in the ancient territories of the People of the Rain, the People of the Heart of the Mountain, and the People of the Tiger in Tlapa, Guerrero the Indigenous Pueblos and Organizations of Mexico have spoken our Word. The struggle of our brothers in Chiapas. Autonomy constitutes one of our principal rights. Constitutional recognition. Struggle within a comprehensive process of Mexican national democratization. Women delegates. The indigenous movement at the global level.
The Declaration of San Cristobal
National Congress of Indigenous Peoples, 10 and 11 January 1998. The Continuation Committee extension of the National Congress of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), which met from the 10th to the 12th of January in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, elaborated the following Political Declaration right after the recent incidents that aggravated the situation of indigenous peoples of Chiapas, and it was affirmed that indigenous peoples from other regions of Mexico are suffering the same situation.
Netwarriors—March '98 CNI Report
From the National Indigenous Congress, 13 March 1998. We are still waiting for our rights to be recognized. A relationship based on the principles of plurality, sustainability, integrity, participation, and free determination declared in San Andres Sacam Ch'en de los Pobres, but the response of the Mexican government has been one of military harassment and repression against our people.
Indigenous Peoples Congress Statement
Nuevo Amanecer Press, 12 October 1998. The Second National Indigenous Congress. We assume the historic task, the comprehensive rebuilding of our Indigenous Peoples. By affirming our identity, we affirm that of everyone; that of those who wish to build a large house where all of us who are all fit. We ratify that the San Andres Accords are our word, of which the essence is the constitutional reform proposed by the Cocopa; the constitutional recognition of our full collective rights will be the central focus of our struggles and concerns.
Preliminary Report on Results from Indigenous National Congress
Nurío, Michoacán, 2, 3 and 4 March 2001. The Third Indigenous National Congress was attended 3,300 indigenous delegates officially sent by their communities, representing 42 of the 56 ethnic groups in Mexico. The assembly demanded the recognition of indigenous rights in the Mexican constitution, in the form written by the Cocopa (Concord and Peace Commission). Vicente Fox’s Plan Panamá-Puebla and the proposed superhighway on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca and Veracruz. Demilitarization and release of all indigenous political prisoners.