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Colonialism and Imperialism: Indigenous Resistance on the US/Mexico Border

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The Rio Grande River became a boundary after the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), dividing families and communities living along its banks. In 2005 the US Congress began enacting legislation for the purposes of building a physical fence along the US-Mexico border. As such, this digital media project foregrounds the story of Dr. Tamez, a tribal elder and retired colonel, and her Lipan Apache Band in their fight for social justice, a fight that went to federal court, and spurred an inquiry and report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Affiliations: 1: University of Washington ; 2: University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley ; 3: University of North Texas


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