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RELI2004H Thomas Ward Indigenous Women Write-up 2010-03-31 This past Monday I had the pleasure to attend a lecture on Indigenous Women. The talk focused on two particular groups: the Chickasaws and Indigenous People of Chiapas. In recent years, there has been a rise in self-determination in indigenous communities. Neo-liberalism has catalyzed this movement. The IMF's actions towards Mexico during the Latin American debt crisis and NAFTA all contributed towards the embrace of neo-liberalism. Governments have tried to reduce deficits and model free-market economies by cutting many of their programs, including aid to indigenous peoples. This aid, in particular agrarian subsidies, is crucial for the populations that mainly consist of subsistence farmers. The governments then handed more power towards tribes and restored some of their autonomy. For example, in Mexico, the 1991 constitutional reforms ended the assimilationist policy and was the first official recognition of indigenous rights. This reform had the guise helping indigenous people, but ended up pitting tribes against each other as they vied for the few officially
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course RELI 2400H taught by Professor Weaver during the Spring '10 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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