Protests continue in Guatemala with Indigenous groups and others calling for the resignation of judicial officials they say are corrupt for trying to block the president-elect from taking power.
And recently, there was more violence against the protesters with the killing of an Indigenous leader.
Maria Martin has more.
From protests outside the Guatemala City headquarters of the public ministry to those by Guatemalan migrants in cities worldwide, this is the fifth week of a national strike that the Indigenous newspaper Prensa Comuniaria calls, “the megaphone of an unequal and impoverished country without opportunities.”
In Manhattan, Guatemalan migrants also called for the resignation of outgoing president Alejandro Giammattei who so far hasn’t made a move to acknowledge protesters’ demands.
Meanwhile, there’s mourning in the Xinca community in the Department of Jutiapa after this weekend’s murder of 65-year-old human rights defender Noé Gómez Barrera.
Gómez was much respected and had been active in organization his community’s participation in the peaceful protests of the last few weeks, which called for the government to respect the results of the August election that saw anti-corruption candidate Bernardo Arévalo elected president in a landslide.
“The entire subject matter is really emotional and really intense.”
Dr. Holly Norton is Colorado’s State Archaeologist and she led the boarding school study.
Dr. Norton says one story came out of a school newspaper published at the Fort Lewis boarding school.
It was the story of Frank Taylor, who at one point was the only Ute child at the school.
“When Fort Lewis Indian boarding school first opened, there was a lot of disease that hit the school really quickly, and it kind of devastated the student population. And so the Ute pulled all of their students out of Fort Lewis, there was one student, Frank, who was identified as Ute and he spent his life at that school.”
Dr. Norton wasn’t able to determine from her research whether Frank Taylor had parents or not.
“And they called him an orphan. a lot of these orphans actually weren’t. they had parents and family, but I think the government could designate them as orphans and make it easier for them to make decisions without having to consult with the parents or the tribe.”
In the newspaper article, Frank Taylor’s story intersects with the story of another Native American child.
“A young girl, she must have only been like three or four. It sounded like maybe she had wandered away from her parents or from her family. Frank found her. they brought her back to the school. they didn’t try to find her parents, they didn’t try to contact any adults. They cut her hair, they changed her clothes. And they immediately kind of enrolled her and adopted her into the school system. The father came and found her and collected her and took her home. But I’m just imagining this very casual kidnapping, this idea that it was okay for people at the school to essentially abduct these children.”
Colorado’s new report on Indian boarding schools recognizes and remembers children like Frank Taylor.
He lived more than half his life at the Fort Lewis Indian boarding school.
He died of pneumonia there when he was 11 years old. And he may be one of the 46 children buried at the old Fort Lewis cemetery.
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