A trip to the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua – President Chartier visits Miskitu Indian leaders and villages
January 4, 2014
From December 20 to 30, 2013 President Chartier engaged in a number of meetings of the Indian organization, Yapti Tasba Masraka Nanih Asla Takanka (YATAMA; literally meaning “Sons of Mother Earth”), including meetings with leaders who were successful in winning seats in Nicaragua’s national assembly, the Atlantic Coast regional autonomy government, mayoral positions and autonomous territorial/traditional governments.
In this connection, President Chartier joined YATAMA leader (Taupla) Brooklyn Rivera whom he has known since 1981. Mr. Rivera has been the leader of the Indian organization since 1981, led their war of resistance against government aggression in the 1980s, negotiated the eventual peace settlement, including the regional autonomous regions, and subsequently the move to recognized Indian territory and traditional governments. Mr. Rivera was also elected to the national assembly in 2006 through an alliance with FSLN, and was then appointed President of the Commission on Indigenous and Afro-Descendant Affairs, a position he still holds after being re-elected a couple years ago.
Meetings were held with disabled persons (either from the previous war, lobster diving or sickness/accidents), wives of disabled lobster fishermen, orphans and ex-fighters to name a few.
A trip was also made to the Waspam region on the Wangi River (Rio Coco) where six villages were visited, meetings held and presents distributed.