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Bolivian indigenous leaders featured talk: April 28th, from 4-6pm at the Many Nations Longhouse

Two prominent indigenous leaders and International Studies Professor Derrick Hindery will give talks Tuesday 4/28/15 at the Many Nations Longhouse. Details can be found at the following link

Bienvenido Zacu Mborobainchi is a Guarayo indigenous leader who led a seminal march that paved the way for the 2009 Constitution. He subsequently served as General Director in the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, the General Director for Native Indigenous Territories at the Ministry for Lands, and as a congressman and president of the Indigenous and Peasants Nations’ and People’s Commission of the lower chamber. Carlos Cuasace Surubi is a Chiquitano indigenous leader and Mayor of Concepcion, Bolivia who served as a senator in Bolivia as part of President Evo Morales’s Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) Party. He has played a central role in defending indigenous rights against encroachment from agroindustry and multinational oil and mining corporations. Waldo Mina Quiroga advises Mr. Cuasace and has supported the Chiquitano indigenous people for over 10 years. He has worked on municipal public management and developed public policies for 20 years. Zacu, Cuasace and Mina are excited to share their experiences while at UO and grateful to have met with US tribal representatives who participated in the Coalition Against Environmental Racism conference.

The following are the talk titles:

Carlos Cuasace Surubi and Waldo Mina Quiroga: Advancing Indigenous Rights, Culturally Appropriate “Development” and Environmental Justice in Bolivia

Bienvenido Zacu Mborobainchi: Indigenous Autonomy, Bolivia’s New Constitution and the Mother Earth Law

Derrick Hindery: From Enron to Evo: Pipeline Politics, Global Environmentalism, and Indigenous Rights in Bolivia