Bolivia’s Indigenous Movement Sees Advances, and Divisions, Under Morales

Bolivia’s Indigenous Movement Sees Advances, and Divisions, Under Morales
Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks at the Presidential Palace, La Paz, Bolivia, May 1, 2016 (AP photo by Juan Karita).

Editor’s note: This is the first article in an ongoing WPR series on the legal status and socio-economic conditions of indigenous peoples in a range of countries.

Bolivian President Evo Morales entered office in part thanks to Bolivia’s politically organized and potent indigenous movement. In an email interview, Linda Farthing, a writer and editor specializing in Bolivia and Latin America whose latest book is “Evo’s Bolivia: Continuity and Change,” discusses the legal status and socio-economic conditions of Bolivia’s indigenous communities.

WPR: What is the legal status of Bolivia’s indigenous peoples, and what are the key political and socio-economic issues facing indigenous communities?

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