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New Mexico Mobilizes for Standing Rock

New Mexico Mobilizes for Standing Rock As a telenovela-like script of sex-tainted scandal rivets the mainstream news in the days before the incendiary 2016 U.S. presidential election, serious coverage of many matters decisive for the future of this country and the world has apparently been relegated to another day. Yet far from the sensationalist media…
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Full Circle in the Americas: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence in the 21st Century

Editor’s Note: Since its inception as a project of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University back in the early 1990s, Frontera NorteSur’s reporting has focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region, Mexico and New Mexico. Extremely limited resources have made it difficult to report events elsewhere in the hemisphere…
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The West Mesa Murders: A Central American Connection?

Editor’s Note: Now dragging on for more than 7 years, the investigation of Albuquerque’s West Mesa Murders is inconclusive. The 2009 discovery of 11 murdered women and girls, one of whom was pregnant at the time of her killing, unnerved a city and attracted gobs of media attention that later faded with the passage of…
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Juan Gabriel’s Ashes, Purple Rains and the Rebirth of the Pachuco

A shrine for Juan Gabriel was spontaneously organized in front of where the old Noa Noa club once stood. Tencha was the Guardian of the Shrine. Almost immediately after news of Juan Gabriel’s death broke on Sunday, August 28, 2016, Tencha and other neighborhood women erected a shrine in honor of the Mexican singer at…
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The Chile Capital’s Long Road Back from Little Katrina, Part Two: A Race against Time?

Editor’s Note: North America has been pummeled this year by climate disasters. Megafires, “fire tornadoes,” and scorched earth in Canada and California. At least 40 dead in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Puebla from Tropical Storm Earl. Epic flooding in Louisiana, leaving another 13 dead. Similar to what Frontera NorteSur reported earlier this month…
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The Chile Capital’s Long Road Back from Little Katrina: Part One

FNS Special Feature At first, Melva Aguirre didn’t take the report of floodwaters roaring down on her arid hometown seriously. “When they told us water was coming, we were laughing,” Aguirre said, recalling the afternoon of August 15, 2006, in the small southern New Mexico town of Hatch. “And then it came in…,” the restaurateur…
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The Political Fallout from Trump’s Albuquerque Rally

The Political Fallout from Trump’s Albuquerque Rally Two weeks after Donald Trump’s rally rattled Albuquerque fallout from the explosive event drapes the local political scene. The issue dominated a good portion of the June 6 session of the Albuquerque City Council, where concerned citizens, city councilors and the administration of Mayor Richard Berry all weighed…
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The Border’s Flint, Michigan?

The Border’s Flint, Michigan? Paloma Rodriguez and Frank Hernandez were not shocked to hear about excessive levels of arsenic that were found in the water supply of their community. Operators of the Carousel Convenience Store on the edge of Sunland Park, New Mexico, Rodriguez and Hernandez had seen notices before from the local water utility…
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The Old Braceros Fight On

Every Sunday morning the survivors of a profound history that forever shaped the  demographics, destinies and dreams of Mexico and the United States gather at the Benito Juarez Monument on the edge of downtown Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Now in their 70s and 80s, dozens of men assemble to remember their lives as contract guest workers…
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Death in a Shopping Aisle: Jonathan Sorensen’s Fatal Encounter with Kmart

At Carlisle and Indian School NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, different worlds, borders and seemingly even dimensions collide, clash and literally intersect. On one side of Carlisle upscale shoppers peruse the selection of pricey delicacies at a Whole Foods store, while working-class families pulling in across the road still find meals for less than ten…
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