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Welcome to Indigenous Peoples Day, Burque Style

The people came from many patches of Turtle Island. There were Comanches, Apaches, Pueblo, Dine (Navajo), and members of many more nations.  Hundreds strong the people marched, some attired in traditional dress and pounding drums.  As the sounds of flute rose above the din of early evening traffic, the crowd surged through downtown Albuquerque and…
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Adios, Columbus!

On Monday, October 12, 2015, Christopher Columbus will be laid to rest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For the first time Duke City residents will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day (IPD), as proclaimed October 7 by the Albuquerque City Council. The proclamation was “nothing short of extraordinary,” said Dine (Navajo) Melanie Yazzie, co-founder of the Red Nation,…
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Standing Up for the Disappeared in the Paso del Norte

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature is a chronicle of the whirlwind of protests held in Ciudad Juarez and El Paso the weekend of September 25-27, 2015, on the first anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 Mexican university students.   As the first days of fall set descended on the borderland, strong messages echoed in the…
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A Family’s 20-Year Quest for Truth, Justice and the Border Dream

At the center of Paula Flores Bonilla’s tidy living room hangs a picture of daughter Maria Sagrario Gonzalez Flores. Taken in front of the border factory in Ciudad Juarez where Sagrario worked, the photo portrays a young woman with the look of someone who was headed for big things in life. Dressed in smart attire…
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Women Never Forgotten: The Murals and Memorials of Ciudad Juarez

  Editor’s Note: As one of our last stories, Frontera NorteSur is proud to publish this photo essay on a quiet cultural revolution that is visually transforming Ciudad Juarez while ensuring that memories and demands of justice for murdered and disappeared women are not swept under the rug.   Near the intersection of Vicente Guerrero…
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All the Roads of Madera

September 23, 1965. In the early morning hours, a small group of men prepared to attack a Mexican army base in the Chihuahua mountain town of Madera. Led by rural school teacher Arturo Gamiz and Dr. Pablo Gomez, the guerrilleros of the Popular Guerrilla Group (GPC) were escalating a more than year-long campaign of sabotage…
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Cowboy, Rabbit and Border Town Violence

Most people probably don’t think of Albuquerque as a border town. But Dine (Navajo) Melaine Yazzie squarely defines the central New Mexico city as a classic one. Surrounded not only by Native and trust lands, Albuquerque and its suburbs are built on an old indigenous land base that now hosts geopolitical and economic powerhouses such…
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Italian Leaders Share Views on the Border, Immigration and Organized Crime

Admitting they arrived with pre-conceived notions of an immigrant unfriendly Lone Star State, Marco Consoli Mangano San Lio and Federico Pizzarotti expressed surprise at the pro-immigrant sentiment and humanitarianism they encountered on a visit late last month to El Paso, Texas. On a multi-city U.S. tour as part of the Department of State’s International Visitor…
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Will El Paso’s Historic Smelter Workers Ever See Health Justice?

Editor’s Note:  Part Two of our story on former Asarco smelter workers in El Paso, Texas.  This series was made possible in part by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.  Links to previous stories and photos in our series on the old smelter can be found at the bottom of this article.  …
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Secret Body Dumping Site Described in Juarez Murder Trial

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s latest report on the ongoing murder trial of six femicide suspects in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Special thanks to Marisela Lozano for this story.   The bodies of most of the 11 alleged victims of sex trafficking and murder were discovered in a remote area of the Juarez Valley, detectives and forensic…
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