Conference on Autonomous Indigenous Communities

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Last Thursday I went to a conference on the process indigenous communities must go through to be recognized as autonomous communities. The presentations given in Quechua and Aymara aside, I found it pretty interesting. Besides the actual process, which mostly is information gathering about the indigenous community, and a lot of paperwork hoops to jump through, I found it interesting that the conference was put on by the Ministry of Autonomous regions. Clearly, with the adoption of the new constitution, Morales has decided to invest heavily in its successful execution. I imagine he hopes to reap the benefits of helping these indigenous communities when they go to the ballot box later this year (there’s a presidential and congressional election at the end of 2009.)

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Conference on Autonomous Indigenous Communities

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