Huichol Community Members to March in Guadalajara for Indigenous Land Rights
Mexico News Daily
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May 10, 2015
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An indigenous community is demanding the return of land that it claims in two states, and will march in Guadalajara July 1 if it doesn’t see movement on the part of state and federal governments.
Leaders of the Wixáritari people, also known as Huichol, declared their intention to mobilize during a press conference last week in which they expressed their concern over the lack of progress regarding their claim.
At issue is 10,000 hectares of land in the Huajimic region, located in Nayarit and Jalisco, and home to about 20,000 Wixáritari.
“We know that the law is on our side, our allegations are substantiated by colonial property deeds issued a long time before any of the current land-holders’ titles. We consider them our neighbors and we do not want them to be harmed. We have to remember that the Mexican state started this conflict by neglecting to offer a complete resolution after so many decades,“ said community leader Ubaldo Valdez Castañeda.
He added that community members decided to take a conciliatory stance in order to maintain peace in the Sierra Madre Occidental and it is now up to the federal government to find a solution.
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