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ANT324L Dec 1 An Indigenous “Death Pact” Beginning with the fall of the last great indigenous empires of the Aztecs and the Mayans, the Mexican Federal Government has continuously oppressed, or blatantly ignored, indigenous peoples throughout the country. Faced with economic hardships, dwindling populations, and undisguised governmental racism, the indigenous communities of Mexico and surrounding countries have recognized the dismal future of their cultures and traditions, if not their very existence. Forced to ban together and oppose the government’s mistreatment of indigenous peoples, the Zapatista movement began and created a revolution that would spread not only throughout the country but across the world as well. While the movement has illuminated the plight of these disenfranchised people, the conditions they live under and the oppression they endure still persists. Tired of being tyrannized, the Kiliwa tribe in Baja California has agreed upon a “death pact” in protest of the government and its policies regarding indigenous peoples and their practices (El Universal). Throughout the years of postcolonial history within the country, the Mexican government has continuously placed greater importance on capitalist investments and monetary gain than on the livelihood of its indigenous citizens. Having created policies and institutions that reflect this stand, the government has chosen to neglect the adverse implications they have on the indigenous communities throughout the country. Alejandro Reyes argues that, “The changes to the constitution and the PROCEDE —an institution that permits communal lands (ejidos) to be divided and sold— make Indians lose more and more of their lands, allow capitalist pressures to turn indigenous people against one another, and gradually deprive them of their forms of
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subsistence.” For years the Kiliwa tribe, like all indigenous communities, have fought to protect their ancestral lands and maintain their customary uses of natural resources (Reyes). Traditionally the
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  • Fall '07
  • ShannonSpeed
  • Mexican government, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Zapatista Army of National Liberation, indigenous communities

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