As economic policies imposed on indigenous communities by the Western bloc and regional nation states limit freedoms, indigenous communities have taken to the election process to try and affect change.
Tensions between traditional coca growers and government officials has erupted in violence and protests as indigenous communities try to secure their traditional crop in the face of a growing drug industry,
Indigenous rights promised in the new Mexican Constitution of 1992 have not been executed. In light of this, nearly 100 indigenous communities have met to discuss electoral strategy in an attempt to affect political change.
The election of a liberal, creole president and an indigenous intellectual vice-president in Bolivia has show that integration and communication with indigenous communities is a viable political strategy in Bolivia. However, this came after decades…