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Two Mapuche Communities Obtain Land Rights After 15 Years

In recent days, the Chilean government, through CONADI (Chile’s Indigenous development corporation) has returned title to lands in two different Mapuche communities. In the Mapuche community of Manuel Levinao (located in the Lautaro commune of the Araucanía region), 250 hectares (~1 square mile) were returned after being purchased by the Chilean government for nearly US$ 1.8 million. Meanwhile, the Mapuche community of Los Maitenes de Rihue (located in the Cañete commune of the Araucanía region) was given land title to a small parcel of land (~.04 square miles) valued at US$ 76,000. This small parcel increased the community’s land holdings to 265.3 hectares (~1.02 square miles), which the Chilean government has been slowly acquiring and returning to the community since 1997. Continue reading

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Efforts Made to Recover Kunza Language, Once Thought Extinct

Kunza is the language of the Atacameño or Likan Antay people. Although there are more than 6,000 Atacameñós living in Chile, it has long been believed that their language was extinct. Although much of the language had been recorded and exists on paper, native speakers of Kunza no longer existed. That said, recent efforts by the Atacameño people, coupled with assistance from Conadi (Chile’s Indigenous development corporation), are trying to change that by teaching individuals to once again can speak in their native tongue. Continue reading

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Chilean Government Invests in Local Mapuche Language Courses

In a press release dated April 9th, CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation) announced that it would invest approximately US$350,000 in Mapuzungun language courses (the language of the Mapuche people) in the Araucanía Region. The funding would operate much like a block grant and would go “directly to the communities, without intermediaries” according to Deputy Director Germán Riquelme Reuss. Reuss also stated that the goal was to have Mapuche language and culture taught in the traditional way by an elder with knowledge of those things. Continue reading

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Chilean Government Provides Money to Two Mapuche Communities for Land Purchases in Ercilla

In a press release dated September 27th, CONADI (the Chilean Indigenous development corporation) announced that it had invested 420 million pesos (approximately US$ 885,000) for land purchases in Ercilla. Specifically, the money was given to two Mapuche communities — “Alex Lemun” and “Tricauco 2″ — so that they can purchase lands for their people. In total, twenty-five families will receive lands and CONADI will follow-up with funds to help develop that land as needed. Continue reading

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Mapuche Families in Araucanía Region Receive Lands

In an announcement posted on CONADI’s (the Chilean Indigenous development corporation) website on Wednesday, February 8th, it was announced that families of the Mapuche community of Huemal Curin de Loncoche received land from the government. Speciically, just under 85 hectares (210 acres) of farmland was given to families from the community. The total investment cost approximately US$ 575,000 and should allow the community to farm and raise animals. Continue reading

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CONADI Announces Change to Indigenous Representative Election Results

Last month, on Sunday, January 15th, CONADI (Chile’s Indigenous development corporation) held elections for the eight Indigenous individuals who will join the National Council.  The results from that election — in which more than 30,000 people participated — were counted and made public shortly thereafter. But on Tuesday, February 14th, CONADI announced a change to the official results citing irregularities in the initial vote count as the reason for the change. The announcement indicated that the winner of the urban Indigenous representative seat had been revised. Continue reading

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Mapuche Community Receives 308 Hectares of Land

In a press release dated Monday, January 30th, the Mapuche community of María Ancaleo viuda de Amaza was returned 308 hectares (approximately 760 acres) of land. The land was transferred by CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation) at a cost of US$ 2.08 million. The transfer of the land occurred during a large event that included numerous traditional Mapuche ceremonies. As has been the Chilean government’s policy under the current administration, CONADI promised to provide funding and support to help develop the lands as the community sees fit. Continue reading

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Over 2,300 Acres of Land Returned to More Than 100 Mapuche Families

In two separate ceremonies that took place this month, CONADI (Chile’s Indigenous development corporation) returned land to various Mapuche communities. The first ceremony involved more than 730 hectares (1,800 acres) of lands being returned to 91 Mapuche families in the Biobío Region of the country. The second ceremony returned to the Mapuche community of Colico over 200 hectares (500 acres) of land after a wait of more than 17 years. Continue reading

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More than 30,000 Vote in Elections for Indigenous Representatives in Chile

On Sunday, January 15th, CONADI (Chile’s Indigenous development corporation) held elections for the eight Indigenous individuals who will join the National Council. The National Council is a body of sixteen people (eight Indigenously-elected and eight governmentally-appointed), and represents the highest level in the Chilean government that Indigenous peoples are specifically guaranteed representation. The National Council oversees many issues, most notably those related to development and land acquisitions. The elections and the role of the National Council are the topic of our latest column in I Love Chile News, which can be found here.

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Mapuche Communities Receive Nearly 1,500 Hectares of Land; Happy with Results, but not the Process

On Wednesday, December 28th, the Chilean government returned 1,480 hectares (approximately 3,650 acres) of land to four different Mapuche communities in the Region of Los Rios. The land transfers were the biggest ever to take place in that part of the country and will benefit approximately 500 Mapuche individuals. Some of the communities involved had been waiting a decade or more for the return of their lands and, although happy to receive title, they were critical of the slowness of the process. Continue reading

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