This issue is specifically dedicated to the 500 years of fighting for land, culture, and to protect the Earth by the Natives. It asks that we reconsider what days like Columbus Day mean for Natives, not for oppressors.
500 years of fighting have caused many women to lose their husbands to kidnappers, disappearances, torture, assassination, and massacre, in addition to diseases caused by pesticides funded by the US and Europe.
The United States funded the spraying of pesticides over Guatemalan plantations, including the use of a chemical that has been banned in the US since the 1980's due to cancer causing qualities. At least 14 Natives died as a result of the spraying.
The Salvadorean military intentionally tried to impede the progression of the World Indigenous Festival and Cultural and Spiritual Symposium. The natives pushed back and were able to continue with their meeting.