Cut to Federal Assistance to Indigenous Communities on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

August 9 is the world’s day on which we honor how indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment.

In 2018, the United Nations focuses on the current situation of indigenous territories, the root causes of migration, trans-border movement and displacement.

PSYDEH, playing its small part in this pursuit in Mexico, spent the day executing our duties as a member of the national citizen board advising the Mexican federal government on proper indigenous community development policy.

There, in the 53rd meeting of the Consejo Consultivo in Queretaro, Mexico, PSYDEH’s General Coordinator Jorge Echeverría and his fellow board members learned about the federal government’s expected 50% cut in assistance for indigenous communities, including a $130 million peso cut in development assistance to indigenous communities in Hidalgo alone.