For over two years the Triqui people of San Juan Copala, an autonomous municipality, have been a dispossessed people. Forced to leave their homes by a wave of paramilitary violence between February and September of 2010 these Triqui have been trying to achieve safe passage back to their lands ever since. The yearning for a … Continue reading
Seemingly few people realize that when the state came after Ethnic Studies in Arizona a few years ago, it was because the state deemed Raza Studies to be outside of western civilization.
Presently in the United States two great debates encumber the daily reality of we indigenous migrants communities. One is the debate over immigration reform and the other is related to the crisis in the rural communities of México Profundo.
In English grammar we find pronouns for first person (“I’), second person (“you”), and third person plural (“we”). I’d like to add focus on the colonizing possessive adjective “our,” which occurs when an Indian person uses the “we” or “our,” when talking about the United States.
The skeleton is that of a young woman, perhaps an Aztec noble, found intact and buried in the empire’s most sacred spot more than 500 years ago. Almost 2,000 human bones were heaped around her, and she is a mystery.
Three bills now making their way through Sacramento promise to dramatically improve conditions for California farmworkers, including one that requires overtime pay for shifts above eight hours. The overtime benefits bill is currently awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. For Javier Mondar-Flores López, an indigenous Mixtec farmworker in Southern California, the bills are welcome news. A … Continue reading
The Lower Elwa Klallam, a federally recognized Indigenous Nation located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, have had much to celebrate in the last month: the discovery of a ‘Legendary’ sacred site, the uncovering of archaeological evidence for ancient inhabitation of the Elwha river area, and the return of the salmon run to the … Continue reading
One of the common problems in Indian Country—in both rural and urban areas—is the lack of nutritious food options available a short distance from home. A term that is thrown around frequently in sustainability circles is “food desert,” defined by the Market Makers website as “…geographic areas where mainstream grocery stores are either totally absent … Continue reading
When I write about the Chicana/o community, it is more in the spirit of an examination of conscience than an indictment. Although I do not pretend to be member of any religious sect or group, it is a habit that I picked up after over twelve years of parochial schools. We were taught to examine … Continue reading
The Department of Homeland Security starts accepting applications for deferred action from DREAM Act-eligible young adults on Wednesday. Under a new directive President Obama announced in June, undocumented immigrants between 15 and 30 years of age who have lived in the U.S. continuously for at least five years, have not been convicted of a felony … Continue reading