The Chilean government has convicted Mapuche people for the "illegal usurpation of land." The Chilean government have imposed harsh fines, which the Mapuche are attempting to appeal.
In 1991, 144 Mapuches were taken to court for occupying land that the Chilean government claims they have no right to own. While this case is in progess, Mapuche leader Aucan Huilcaman is denied eligibility to run for congress.
STATE FRONTIERS AND INDIAN NATIONS: COMMENTARY ON IMPLICATIONS FOR THE MAPUCHE AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Indigenous peoples consider the colonial and state borders as artificial barriers to their indigenous nations. The best way to maintain unity to fight state oppression is reinforce the right of consent by indigenous peoples.
Members of SAIIC and visitors meet at the Abya Yala Fund board meeting.