Wixárika Community Recovers 25% of Ancestral Lands in Nayarit
Mexico News Daily
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November 11, 2023

San Sebastián community representatives meet with President López Obrador in the National Palace. (Presidencia/Cuartoscuro)

The Indigenous Wixárika community of San Sebastián Teponahuxtlán in Nayarit has recovered 2,585 hectares of its ancestral lands – a quarter of the territory it has been struggling to reclaim for nearly 70 years.

The transfer took place peacefully after the Presidential Commission for land restitution assembled to address the dispute negotiated compensation with 13 property owners to return the land to its ancestral inhabitants. This followed a long campaign by the community to enforce 11 sentences in 10 lawsuits brought before the Agrarian Court of District 16 based in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

The Wixárika (Huichol) communities are struggling to reclaim 10,500 hectares of land in the Tuxpan region, on the border between Jalisco and Nayarit, which were illegally occupied decades ago. The Mexican government recognized the land in dispute as Wixárika communal property in 1953.

According to the community’s lawyer, Carlos González, this latest restitution, added to previous deliveries, brings the total recovered land up to 3,200 hectares, about a third of the disputed territory.

“There is a step forward. It’s not what you would want because the commitment was to return all the lands in December of last year, according to what [the president] signed with the community, but it’s something important,” González told newspaper La Jornada.

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