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Mapuche Community of Valentín Marín Receives Land Titles

It was reported on Friday, December 9th, that the Mapuche community of Valentín Marín — located about 35 kilometers west of Temuco — received title to some small, but important parcels of land. Specifically, after more than a decade of working towards a transfer, the Mapuche community received titles to more than five hectares (12 acres) of lands that included a sports field, the health center, and the community’s primary meeting place. Among the lands were also areas that could be used for religious ceremonies and cultural events. CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation) was responsible for transferring the titles and held a ceremony that was well-attended by community members. Continue reading

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Mapuche Communities Receive Lands and Water Rights

On Saturday, November 26th, the Chilean government announced that it has resolved multiple land claims in the Araucanía region of the country. Specifically, seven Mapuche communities received lands from CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation). In total, four Mapuche communities received farmlands and three other communities received lands for Indigenous cemeteries. Water rights (which are separate from land rights in Chile) were included with at least one of the farm parcels. Continue reading

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Five Mapuche Communities Receive Lands from CONADI

In a November 19th press release, CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation) announced that it had purchased lands for five Mapuche communities in the Araucanía Region of the country. In total, the communities received more than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of land at a cost of more than $US 3,ooo,ooo to the Chilean government. According to the report, including the most recent purchases the Chilean government has delivered more than 8,000 hectares (nearly 20,000 acres) of lands to Indigenous peoples during 2011. Continue reading

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Mapuche Community of Julio Marin Acquires More Than 225 Hectares of Land

At the end of October, the Mapuche community of Julio Marin – located in the Araucanía Region – acquired more than 225 hectares (555 acres) of land. The land was purchased and given to the Community by CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation). The people of Julio Marin had been working to acquire their land for more than eighteen years. Continue reading

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Latin American Parliament’s Committee on Indigenous Peoples in Chile

The Latin American Parliament’s Committee on Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Groups held meetings in Valparaíso, Chile on October 27, 28 and 29. Among the issues discussed and the people speaking at the meetings was Jorge Retamal, the National Director of CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation). The meetings are the subject of our latest column for I Love Chile News and can be read here.

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Indigenous Leaders Accuse Government of Fraud with Respect to Indigenous Scholarships

Two Indigenous leaders approached the Comptroller General of Chile and requested that an investigation be conducted into scholarships that were supposed to be given to Indigenous students. The leaders provided a list of at least 20 names to the Comptroller General which they allege are names of non-Indigenous individuals who were granted Indigenous scholarships in violation of Chilean law. The leaders suggested that the National Board of Student Aid and Scholarships (Junta Nacional De Auxilio Escolar y Becas or JUNAEB) as well as the National Indigenous Development Corporation (Corporación Nacional de Desarrollo Indígena or CONADI) are responsible for the alleged illegal actions. Continue reading

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Mapuche Community Peacefully Occupies Traditional Lands and Plans to Stay Indefinitely

On the morning of Thursday, October 20th, approximately 30 families from the Mapuche-Huilliche community of Huichan Mapu walked onto a 250 hectare (approximately 615 acre) parcel of land in Frutillar, Chile and began a peaceful occupation of the land. The community was removed from the land in 1991 and has been trying, unsuccessfully, to use the processes of the state to gain its return. According to their spokesperson, the families are prepared to stay on the land indefinitely until the land is returned to the community. Continue reading

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CONADI Promotes Indigenous Languages Throughout Chile

Since the beginning of October, CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation) has issued press releases about numerous efforts throughout Chile to promote Indigenous languages. Most recently, CONADI held a two-day seminar in Cañete to discuss Mapudungun (the Mapuche people’s language) and how the language can better be promoted throughout the country. A summary of recent events and some history about Indigenous languages in Chile is the subject of our latest column for I Love Chile News, which you can read here.

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Mapuche Community in Tirúa Receives Land

The Mapuche community of Lorenzo Quintrileo received additional land purchased and delivered in a ceremony by CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation). In total, nearly 50 hectares (approximately 120 acres) of land has been transferred to the community at a cost of almost US$200,000. After many years of waiting, the land was delivered to the community and will benefit at least eight families. Continue reading

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Mapuche Community Acquires Nearly 900 Hectares of Land

The Mapuche community of Blanco Lepin de Lautaro was recently presented with nearly 900 hectares (2,200 acres) of land. CONADI (the Chilean government’s Indigenous development corporation) purchased the land and announced the transfer on October 6th. The community of Blanco Lepin de Lautaro is located in the Araucanía Region of Chile and, in addition to receiving the land, will also be provided with support and technical services to help the community use the land as they see fit. Continue reading

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