As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think ad reflect, particularly with regards to my previous thoughts about indigenous rights, and Americas historical relationship with Spanish America. Whilst we would think that America, a nation that is considered a world leader and progressive nation, would also have progressive ideas, when we think of progress for the diverse populations that exist in America. We can think of modern progress that was built for African Americans with the Leadership of President Obama, however; this does not mean to say that racism or systemic barriers, or inequity has been totally wiped out for this population segment. There is always more that can be done, but having said that as well, I find it interesting how narratives of Indigenous America and Spanish America have been lost, fragmented, and somewhat forgotten.
Whilst if does take someone to care about these histories enough, to think about why they are and should be important enough to preserve. The quest is to include preservation, but also to manage relationships with people who belong to these communities or populations, and presently exist. For example: Indigenous territories exist, Hispanic / Latino/ a/x continue to remain marginalized through immigration policy. To create change, or even to pioneer change for these groups requires a deep commitment from the level of Government. Where policy makers are delegated to sit down with organizations who have vested time, and energy advocating for the rights of these groups. To think and discuss how future policy and practices can be more inclusive, or to even create law so that rights are protected and known.
In other words the desire to create change has to be proposed as the level of the Government, Information and documents already exist. These relationships are especially important because of connections to land, and also the formation of America as a nation. The potential desire / commitment from the level of the Government to act, create positive change and work with populations sends a message of assimilation.
*Revise the UN Declaration on the Rights for Indigenous people. *Include Indigenous people in the discussion of the document and also for revisions. *Include a working definition of Indigenous for the purposes of identification, this could be in the form of formulating criteria. *Work with regional indigenous leaders to strategically develop plans for land use as a partnership as needed. *Land use is viewed as a shared space that contributes to the economic survival of regions and Indigenous survival.