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L.A Indigenous High School Participates in the United Nations

Indigenous student leaders and faculty from Anahuacalmecac attend the12th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

By Semillas Sociedad Civil
Published on LatinoLA: May 21, 2013


L.A Indigenous High School Participates in the United Nations


Mexican indigenous student leaders and faculty from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School of North America, the first and only Mexican indigenous charter high school and the only International Baccalaureate high school in Los Angeles, will participate in the 12th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues of the United Nations. Representing their school community as well as the Zapoteca and Azteca nations, the Anahuacalmecac delegates will focus on the right to native language education in public school curriculum for all indigenous youth in the United States, and raise the call for support for their native charter school in the international arena in light of the risk of its charter revocation this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. The first meeting of the Permanent Forum was held in 2002. UNPFII holds annual two-week sessions; its 12th session is May 20 ÔÇô 31, 2013.

Participants include Marcos Aguilar, Executive Director of Semillas Sociedad Civil, a public non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of the cultural and intellectual heritage of Indigenous peoples; Cynthia Garcia, IB Humanities Teacher of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School; four Mexican indigenous student leaders of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory High School

This will take place at United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chambers, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA

For more information and interview requests, contact Juan Ochoa, jochoa@dignidad.org

About Semillas Sociedad Civil:
Semillas Sociedad Civil is a community-based,501c3, California nonprofit organization dedicated to educational excellence, an appreciation of the cultural and intellectual heritage of Native American Peoples and the promotion of positive social awareness
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