Guiding Documents

Guiding Documents

Here is a collection of important documents that guide our work 

  • The Maya is a Nation of Nations (a civilization) with accomplishments in mathematics, architecture, medicine, astronomy, agriculture, philosophy and political systems to name a few disciplines that the Maya mastered.  While the decline of the Maya during pre colonial era is a matter of discussion among Mayanist scholars, the shattering impact of the Doctrine of Discovery during colonial and post-colonial era is evident. Please see the Preliminary Study of the Impact of the Doctrine of Discovery on Indigenous Peoples, https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/E.C.19.2010.13%20EN.pdf
  • Since the colonial era, the Maya have suffered cycles of violence from states occupying Maya territory. One cycle of violence that reached the attention of the international community is the civil war from 1960 to 1996.  This cycle of violence reached genocidal levels during the early 1980’s. Please see Guatemala Memory of Silence from the United Nations Commission for Historical Clarification https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/357870-guatemala-memory-of-silence-the-commission-for.html
  • Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim: Reinforcing Our Roots, Living Our Maya Heritage (CMPI) is a 501 C3 organization of the Maya based in Omaha Nebraska.  CMPI responds to the highest aspirations of the Maya community in the United States and in traditional Maya Territory in ways consistent with Maya worldview and spirituality and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIPS) https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf
  • In 1996, the state of Guatemala and the Insurgency signed a Peace Accord but the genocide against the Maya Nation continues; today, entire communities are displaced to give way to transnational corporations and mining industries on Maya territories.  The policies of States on Maya territory towards the Maya nation is extermination, exclusion and forced assimilation. Combined, past and current cycles of violence based on the Doctrine of Discovery are at the root causes mass exodus of Indigenous Peoples including the Maya.  Please see the 2019 study done by the Human Rights Council Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples https://www.iitc.org/wp-content/uploads/Indigenous-peoples%E2%80%99-rights-in-the-context-of-borders-migration-and-displacement-EMRIP-Study-2019.pdf
  • In 2014 signatory states of UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples re-committed themselves to implementing the  Declaration. Please see the outcome document in the following link. https://undocs.org/en/A/RES/69/2
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