April 01, 2007

Indians rise in Latin America

Nobelist shows spread of Indian powerEven though Menchu trails behind the three leading candidates in the Sept. 9 election, the fact that she's running is indicative of the political rise of Indians across Latin America, highlighted by the 2005 election of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Menchu says democratic politics will open a new chapter not only in her own sometimes controversial life but for the 42 percent of Guatemala's 12 million people who define themselves as Indian.

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