It is indeed true that this generation has increased its amount of political activism. But the reasons and effectiveness aren't clear. It could be that this generation is more similar to each other because they have a common Native culture that is somewhat blended with the majority culture's experience of music, television and internet media. It could be many more speak their languages less and english more (although many have a great desire to speak their own language). It could be that many more are going to college. Or it could be that social electronic networks are so prevalent to get the word out. Lastly, it could be that the economic hardships and increased imperialism through globalism is putting severe pressure on Indigenous groups. This last example makes comparing US and Canadian activists with Latin American activists very interesting. The pressure in Central and South America has always been constant but they also seem to show a sudden increase in activism in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico and Nicaragua. For many in latin america, the increase in Native activism has been spurred by the drug war and the often cooperation of those governments with the Narcos against the Indigenous (using their territories and abusing their people). It seems we are coming to a very critical point where the pressure from both sides is going to come to some resolution. This is where effectiveness is most vital. Coordination between all Indigenous groups of the Americas is necessary to share ideas, resources and avoid devastating political losses or violent put downs like the Acteal Massacre of Chiapas. I plead with Native leaders of the USA and Canada to encourage and compel effective coordination between themselves so that things like the Keystone and Northern Gateway Pipelines fail or at least go around Indian lands.
Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 21:18