Americans Indians in NM hold ‘Idle No More’ rally

January 15, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — American Indian activists and their allies have held a rally in New Mexico in solidarity with Native American protesters in Canada.

Members of the “Idle [auth] No More” movement organized a demonstration Tuesday outside the New Mexico statehouse as a new legislative session began. The Canadian-born movement began after Native Americans protested a Canadian proposal that they said would threaten their self-governance and control of traditional land bases.

After Native Americans held protests throughout Canada, the movement spread to the United States and parts of Latin America.

American Indians in New Mexico say the Idle No More protests allowed them to highlight similar issues like water rights and environmental concerns.

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