Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Nahuacalli Educators Alliance: DACA and the Doctrine of Discovery

From the 
Doctrine of Discovery 

This PowerPoint presentation was originally presented by the Nahuacalli Educators Alliance at the Annual Phoenix Union High School District MEChA conference on October 27, 2017 in the Territories of the O'otham Nations, [Phoenix, Arizona].

It is a collective work in progress by members of the Calpolli Nahuacalco who are dedicated to the "Spirit of Truth" and realization of the purpose of the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples:

Mission Statement

To create and sustain a
Cultural Embassy of Indigenous Peoples 
 That will support local-global and holistic indigenous community development initiatives in education, culture, and economic development in accord with the principles of Community Ecology and Self Determination.


Since formation in 1994, TONATIERRA has implemented a cultural competency program that has been described a "paradigm shift" in terms of educational services and methodologies.  Known as the Xinachtli, "seed", the program is a holistic approach to the Indigenous Peoples need for cognitive development beyond the conceptual constraints of colonization.  For the Indigenous Mexican communities and families who are the base constituency of TONATIERRA, this program has led to the formation of the Nahuacalli Educators Alliance, a professional association of educators working with TONATIERRA to deliver a suite of educational services built around indigenous language revitalization strategies.  In 2015, the Nahuacalli became an affiliate of the Continental Network of Indigenous, Intercultural, and Community Universities of Abya Yala (RUIICAY).


It is with growing concern with which we hear of developments in Mexico that give testimony to the degradation of the Territorial Rights and Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the country.  We are aware that ever since the adoption of the principle of “Original Property of the Nation” in the Mexican Constitution of 1917 that the “nefarious” principles of the Doctrine of Discovery and the Papal Bulls of Pope Alexander VI “Inter Caetera” have served to legitimize the usurpation of the territorial rights of the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico under the cultural, political, economic, and legal superstructures of the Spanish invaders who brutally attempted to dominate and colonize Mexico directly for 300 years, until independence in 1821.

This preliminary study establishes that the Doctrine of Discovery has been institutionalized in law and policy, on national and international levels, and lies at the root of the violations of indigenous peoples’ human rights, both individual and collective. This has resulted in State claims to and the mass appropriation of the lands, territories and resources of indigenous peoples. Both the Doctrine of Discovery and a holistic structure that we term the Framework of Dominance have resulted in centuries of virtually unlimited resource extraction from the traditional territories of indigenous peoples. This, in turn, has resulted in the dispossession and impoverishment of indigenous peoples, and the host of problems that they face today on a daily basis.

The Xicano Paradigm

September 16, 2017
Nahuacalli Educators Alliance
DACA Position Statement

Self Determination is an inherent human right. It is not a delegated status to be distributed according to the Machiavellian raison d’état of the state, much less to be assigned or denied upon the whims of this or that political party in power in the capitols of the settler state systems of America whose very presence on our continent of Abya Yala is based upon the globally denounced, repudiated, and racist Doctrine of Discovery of October 12, 1492, embedded in the jurisprudence of the US legal system by the SCOTUS decision Johnson v. M'Intosh (1823), extended continentally by the Monroe Doctrine (1823) and instituted by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (US-Mexico 1848) in violation of the Right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples, as is once again being now "modernized" in the era of the global Empire of Petropolis by the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (1994-2018).

 September 16, 2017
Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio

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March 12, 2012
In Imiuh Tenamaztle

We demand that the Preliminary Study on the Doctrine of Discovery, submitted to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues be integrated into the Social Studies Curriculum standards immediately for implementation across the spectrum of services delivered by the Arizona Department of Education at all levels across the state with no exceptions.

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