There is a common thread across the experiences of indigenous people in Latin America with extractive industries. As Birds of Passage highlights through the story of a Wayuu family, the drug trade is also an extractive industry, with all its abuses and pitfalls.
Despite progress in institution building and affirmative action, political parties have failed to recruit indigenous leaders, indigenous congressional initiatives remained stalled, and Mexico still lacks laws to implement ILO 169.
In the coming weeks, Global Americans will release a serialized report on indigenous rights and political integration in the Americas, focusing on the comparative cases of Mexico and Guatemala. First up, an introduction to the project and a primer on the state of political integration across the hemisphere.