Mexico City, Mexico — Government officials have announced that the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples will be transformed into the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples.
Adelfo Regino Montes, coordinator of Indigenous Affairs for the next administration, made the announcement. After a private meeting with president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Regino Montes explained that the change is about having a direct dialogue with the communities and pointed out that there are currently 128 coordinating centers in the matter.
He noted that many of the people cannot move to Mexico City or the capital city of their state, so instead, the government will come to their regions.
He says that a consultation will be held to listen to the requests of all the indigenous communities, saying that “One of the jobs that we will be doing throughout the country is the development of regional development plans for indigenous peoples of Mexico.”
He says they will listen to the requests and concerns and from there, establish development priorities of public policies and authentic regional development.