Indigenous Rights Set to Return to the National Agenda in Mexico

Indigenous Rights Set to Return to the National Agenda in Mexico
Tzotzil indigenous women wait to enter to the site where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, Feb. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Moises Castillo).

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

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation said that it will choose an indigenous woman to run as an independent candidate in Mexico’s 2018 presidential election, marking a return to political life for the guerrilla group. In an email interview, Michael Danielson, visiting faculty at the University of California Washington Program and a research fellow at the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, discusses indigenous rights in Mexico.

WPR: What is the legal status of Mexico’s indigenous peoples, and what are the key issues facing Mexico’s indigenous communities?

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