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Indigenous Politics


The panorama for indigenous rights in Latin America is complex, and it would be wrong to conclude with pan-regional generalisations. While recent forays into electoral politics in Mexico and Guatemala provide hope for indigenous political movements, the continued exclusion of the Mapuche in Chile provides a frustrating, and violent, counterpoint. Bolivia has seen more than a decade of indigenous rule, and yet Evo Morales has lost considerable report after struggling to reconcile party politics with indigenous ideals. In Brazil, indigenous groups are gearing up for what looks set to be a massive battle as President Jair Bolsonaro attempts to shake off the country’s economic malaise by opening indigenous territories to development.

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