People of the Rainforest Becoming Autonomous

Amerindians of Guyana are using a special UN declaration to become self-governing amidst non-cooperation from the national government.
By: Dallawalla Community Development Authority
LINDEN, Guyana - Aug. 16, 2023 - PRLog -- **People of the Rainforest Becoming Autonomous**

*DALLAWALLA, Guyana* — The Dallawalla Community Development Authority (DCDA), established on April 9, 2023, through a unanimous vote, has recently announced significant governance updates. These updates come amidst a backdrop of historical challenges faced by the Amerindian community in their pursuit of land and resource rights.

In 1965, the Independence Agreement from the United Kingdom initiated a land titling process. However, many of the Amerindian Lands Commission's recommendations from 1967-1969 remain unimplemented by successive governments. This has led to the fragmentation of traditional territories into smaller, individually titled areas.

While the Constitution of Guyana recognizes the unique position of indigenous peoples, granting them rights to land, security, and community policy-making, the nation's commitment to these principles has come under scrutiny. Guyana endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) on September 13, 2007. However, recent actions, or the lack thereof, have raised questions about its dedication to upholding the declaration.

The DCDA leadership includes Chair and Toshao Sheliza Jacobs, Deputy Toshao Ashermitzi Stanford, President Afodo Melvic "Thundercloud" Smith, and Vice President and Grand Marshal Larry "Roaring Ocean" Brown.

The DCDA's attempts to publish a tribal agreement with the Minister of Amerindian Affairs have been met with delays. The Minister has consistently stalled the rule's signing to publish the agreement, further complicating the relationship between the government and the Amerindian community.

Despite these challenges, the Amerindian community's resilience remains evident. Their journey, marked by determination against numerous adversities, is a testament to their spirit.

In conclusion, the Village of Dallawalla's decision to establish the DCDA is a bold step towards self-determination and autonomy. Their actions serve as an inspiration to indigenous communities worldwide and emphasize the importance of preserving cultural heritage and rights.

But the question remains, is the Guyanese government serious about giving the Amerindians the rights it deserves?

For more information, visit [Dallawalla Governance](

Larry Brown
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