Tuesday, July 4, 2023


There were stars
Before the sky was turned black
By war guns
Of alien armies who came
To put flame
To the land,
Searing scars of
Colonization, genocide, racism
And greed.

The echoes still roar.

Hollow eyed sockets
Of false reality still see those rockets,

Still stare
Into the gory red glare
Of scorched earth
Burnt bare,
Burned to a stump
In corporate orange
Kool Aid
Trumped up
Version of
White man's burden.

Claiming the
Throne of empire,
Gaming the land lust desire,
Marketing the electorate,
Commodifying the constituencies
White supremacy
Modern day
Manifest Destiny.

Against whom they stood.

They stood in resistance.
They stood in rebellion.
They stand in regeneration.

Who are
Indigenous Peoples

The stars
will return
in the

Tupac Enrique Acosta



The concept of title in relation to land is a mythological construct, in which the world view of cultural identity is embedded and perpetuated across generations.

The simple reason is of course that the land is eminence itself, preexisting and outlasting any human society.  The relationship with the land, with the material world which emerges from the land, is then defined and evidenced by the traditional systems of inheritance and identity which perpetuate these teachings to the generations of the future. This is universal for all societies, but it is the traditional Indigenous Peoples from around the globe that create identity by ecological relationships to the constellations of families, mountains, rivers, deserts, nations, oceans and stars that define our homelands in the universe.

The societies of the European-American settlers do not.

The present systems of the United States and other governments states of the hemisphere which derive their justifications for jurisdiction over the land on the Divine Right of Kings to Dominion over the Earth and its Peoples, is pure myth.  Or better said, it is false myth -- a dead story with no teaching to teach but only a power grab to justify.

It cannot even hold coherence before the science of its own culture, now finally clarified that matter-energy are aspects of relationship to life, with automatic inflection by the world view of each clan, family, tribe, community, nation, and culture.

To claim ownership by land title today in view of the above is the equivalent of proclaiming that the world is flat. It is the position of a lost world, and a false reality.  It is an empire with no clothes.

Tupac Enrique Acosta

TLAZOLLI is the sacred weaving of elements, our tie to Tonantzin - Our Sacred Mother Earth - that connects Heaven:Earth like an umbilical cord weaving sacred realities known as: Mexico.  It is what the religions of the world call love and the scientists call gravity. 

The following is a transcription of the intervention submitted to the United States Government representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland in 1987. It is being offered here as an initiative of the Archives of Aztlan.

In Geneva in 1987, we met with traditional leaders from the Indigenous Peoples of South Africa, chieftains of the Zulu who were living in exile in Switzerland due to their trade union activism. We discussed the points that we were bringing forward and compared our histories and knowledge. Upon reading our position paper which called for the reopening of the question of integration of the territories within the bounds of the US control in light of the current international instruments and protocols for decolonization, these leaders immediately drafted a parallel document that exposed as identical the legal tactics of the British-Boer regimes to those of the British-American techniques of colonization.

 Archives of Aztlan: Tlahtokan Izkalotl




Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Ayotzinapa: April 26, 2023 Open Letter to Arizona Senators Sinema and Kelly



Human Rights Commission


PO Box 24009  Phoenix, AZ 85074


Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta


Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema

3333 E. Camelback Rd, Suite 200

Phoenix, Arizona 85018


Arizona Senator Mark Kelly

2201 E. Camelback Rd, Suite 115

Phoenix, AZ 85016


April 26, 2023


Dear Arizona Senators Sinema and Kelly,

On September 24, 2021, we submitted a Freedom of Information Request along with the WATER PROTECTOR LEGAL COLLECTIVE requesting disclosure of records related to the case of the Forced Disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students on September 26, 2014, in Iguala Guerrero, Mexico.

On May 24, 2021, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador communicated he had received files from the United States regarding the investigation of the 2014 Ayotzinapa disappearances and subsequent criminal coverup by officials of the Mexican government. President Lopez Obrador received these files after a virtual meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris on May 7, 2021.  

The TONATIERRA Human Rights Commission has accompanied the parents and families of the 43 Ayotzinapa students for over seven years now in their attempts to bring accountability and justice to the case.


Although we have sent this message to both of your offices on December 26, 2021, via the email address provided on your website and the message has been confirmed to have been received, we have not had any substantive response from either of you regarding our request for assistance in terms of bringing to light the relevant information as outlined our initial FOI request.


We shall continue to follow up with your offices to arrange for a meeting to discuss the particulars of the human rights issues involved.



Tupac Enrique Acosta




Comisión Permanente Ayotzinapa

TONATIERRA Submits Freedom of Information Request to the Biden administration for US government files on the investigation of the Forced Disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students missing since September 26, 2014, in Mexico

Phoenix, Arizona – Today a Freedom of Information Act request was formally submitted to the Biden Administration by TONATIERRA and the WATER PROTECTOR LEGAL COLLECTIVE soliciting disclosure of the files related to the US government’s investigation into the Forced Disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College missing since September 26, 2014.



Comisión de Derechos Humanos

PO Box 24009 Phoenix, AZ 85074


Contacto: Tupac
Enrique Acosta




26 abril de 2023


Senadora de Arizona Kyrsten Sinema

3333 E. Camelback Rd, Suite 200

Fénix, Arizona 85018


Senador de Arizona Mark Kelly

2201 E. Camelback Rd, Suite 115

Fénix, Arizona 85018


Estimados Senadores Sinema y Kelly,


El 24 de septiembre de 2021 presentamos una Solicitud de Libertad de Información (FOI) junto con el COLECTIVO LEGAL PROTECTOR DEL AGUA solicitando la divulgación de antecedentes relacionados con el caso de la Desaparición Forzada de los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa el 26 de septiembre de 2014, en Iguala Guerrero, México.

El 24 de mayo de 2021, el presidente mexicano, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, comunicó que había recibido archivos de Estados Unidos sobre la investigación de las desapariciones de Ayotzinapa en 2014 y el subsiguiente encubrimiento criminal por parte de funcionarios del gobierno mexicano. El presidente López Obrador recibió estos archivos luego de una reunión virtual con la Vicepresidenta Kamala Harris el 7 de mayo de 2021.

La Comisión de Derechos Humanos de TONATIERRA ha acompañado a los padres y familiares de los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa desde hace más de siete años en su intento de llevar la rendición de cuentas y la justicia al caso.

Aunque enviamos este mensaje a sus dos oficinas el 26 de diciembre de 2021, a través de la dirección de correo electrónico proporcionada en su sitio web y se confirmó que se recibió el mensaje, no hemos recibido ninguna respuesta sustancial de ninguno de ustedes con respecto a nuestra solicitud por asistencia en términos de sacar a la luz la información relevante como se describe en nuestra solicitud inicial de FOI.

Haremos un seguimiento con sus oficinas para organizar una reunión para discutir los detalles de los problemas de derechos humanos involucrados.



Tupac Enrique Acosta



¡Ni perdón, Ni olvido!

Acción Global

26 de septiembre 2022

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Frente el Consulado de Mexico

Phoenix, Arizona

320 E. McDowell


Solidaridad Internacional


Comisión Permanente Ayotzinapa



Phoenix, Arizona

On September 26, 2014 in the town of Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico, 43 students from the rural teacher preparation school of Ayotzinapa were Forcibly Disappeared by federal and local police agents of the Mexican state.  Six others were killed that night, including three students and three innocent bystanders shot and killed when the Mexican army attacked the bus the students were taking to Mexico City.

The 43 Ayotzinapa students were unarmed, they were on their way to participate in the commemoration of the massacre of the students in Tlaltelolco Square in 1968. Unknown to the students, was the fact that the bus they were on was also carrying a contraband load of heroin for delivery to the US, in Atlanta and Chicago.


The military and police agents were sent by the cartels of the narco-state in Mexico to recover the heroin, at any cost.

Now, over eight years later, the parents, families, and the community of the Ayotzinapa continue to demand accountability and justice not only for the 43 Ayotzinapa students, but also for the tens of thousands of victims of killed and disappeared in Mexico under the shroud of the US backed “War on Drugs” and the US financed Plan Merida Mexico.

Today, the guilty parties to the crime of the Forced Disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students remain at large. In open collusion and complicity, the highest echelon of the Narco State in Mexico, the guilty parties who were facing formal court charges in Mexico and in the US, have escaped capture and detention, and after fleeing to Canada, are living in comfort with protection and political exile in Israel.


¡We do not forget, we do not forgive!

They were taken alive, we want them back alive!

Thursday, April 20, 2023

The Confessions of Pope Francis and the Lies of Bishop Bergoglio

The release by the Vatican of the Joint Statement on the “Doctrine of Discovery” on March 30, 2023, has agitated and catalyzed a cascade of commentary and critique that is remarkable for the scope, relevance, irreverence and outright bullshit that still passes for political discourse when it comes to the inherent Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

The joint statement was made public by a press release by  two dicasteries of the Vatican:


1) The Dicastery for Culture and Education, and

2) The Dicastery Promoting Integral Human Development


A dicastery is a section or division of the departments of government of the Vatican. The major departments of government are called congregations, where each governs or oversees a major sector of the Catholic Church. A dicastery is a department within a congregation. The congregations govern or oversee sectors of the Catholic Church - bishops, doctrine, education, etc. while a dicastery is a section of a congregation that is focusing on a particular aspect of a congregation’s mission or work.

To the point, and for purposes of outlining the geopolitical context of the issues of the violations of international law not yet presented nor adressed, here is an excerpt from the March 30th statement by the press office of the Holy See (Vatican City State), which is a presently internationally recognized state entity with the UN system having achieved international status as a state by way of the Vatican Treaties of 1929 (aka the Lateran Treaties).


The “doctrine of discovery” is not part of the teaching of the Catholic Church. Historical research clearly demonstrates that the papal documents in question, written in a specific historical period and linked to political questions, have never been considered expressions of the Catholic faith. At the same time, the Church acknowledges that these papal bulls did not adequately reflect the equal dignity and rights of indigenous peoples. The Church is also aware that the contents of these documents were manipulated for political purposes by competing colonial powers in order to justify immoral acts against indigenous peoples that were carried out, at times, without opposition from ecclesiastical authorities.


More recently, the Church’s solidarity with indigenous peoples has given rise to the Holy See’s strong support for the principles contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The implementation of those principles would improve the living conditions and help protect the rights of indigenous peoples as well as facilitate their development in a way that respects their identity, language and culture.










Joint Statement of the Dicasteries for Culture and Education and for Promoting Integral Human Development on the “Doctrine of Discovery”, 30.03.2023


1. In fidelity to the mandate received from Christ, the Catholic Church strives to promote universal fraternity and respect for the dignity of every human being.


2. For this reason, in the course of history the Popes have condemned acts of violence, oppression, social injustice and slavery, including those committed against indigenous peoples. There have also been numerous examples of bishops, priests, women and men religious and lay faithful who gave their lives in defense of the dignity of those peoples.


3. At the same time, respect for the facts of history demands an acknowledgement of the human weakness and failings of Christ’s disciples in every generation. Many Christians have committed evil acts against indigenous peoples for which recent Popes have asked forgiveness on numerous occasions.


4. In our own day, a renewed dialogue with indigenous peoples, especially with those who profess the Catholic Faith, has helped the Church to understand better their values and cultures. With their help, the Church has acquired a greater awareness of their sufferings, past and present, due to the expropriation of their lands, which they consider a sacred gift from God and their ancestors, as well as the policies of forced assimilation, promoted by the governmental authorities of the time, intended to eliminate their indigenous cultures. As Pope Francis has emphasized, their sufferings constitute a powerful summons to abandon the colonizing mentality and to walk with them side by side, in mutual respect and dialogue, recognizing the rights and cultural values of all individuals and peoples. In this regard, the Church is committed to accompany indigenous peoples and to foster efforts aimed at promoting reconciliation and healing.


5. It is in this context of listening to indigenous peoples that the Church has heard the importance of addressing the concept referred to as the “doctrine of discovery.” The legal concept of “discovery” was debated by colonial powers from the sixteenth century onward and found particular expression in the nineteenth century jurisprudence of courts in several countries, according to which the discovery of lands by settlers granted an exclusive right to extinguish, either by purchase or conquest, the title to or possession of those lands by indigenous peoples. Certain scholars have argued that the basis of the aforementioned “doctrine” is to be found in several papal documents, such as the Bulls Dum Diversas (1452), Romanus Pontifex (1455) and Inter Caetera (1493).


6. The “doctrine of discovery” is not part of the teaching of the Catholic Church. Historical research clearly demonstrates that the papal documents in question, written in a specific historical period and linked to political questions, have never been considered expressions of the Catholic faith. At the same time, the Church acknowledges that these papal bulls did not adequately reflect the equal dignity and rights of indigenous peoples. The Church is also aware that the contents of these documents were manipulated for political purposes by competing colonial powers in order to justify immoral acts against indigenous peoples that were carried out, at times, without opposition from ecclesiastical authorities. It is only just to recognize these errors, acknowledge the terrible effects of the assimilation policies and the pain experienced by indigenous peoples, and ask for pardon. Furthermore, Pope Francis has urged: “Never again can the Christian community allow itself to be infected by the idea that one culture is superior to others, or that it is legitimate to employ ways of coercing others.”


7. In no uncertain terms, the Church’s magisterium upholds the respect due to every human being. The Catholic Church therefore repudiates those concepts that fail to recognize the inherent human rights of indigenous peoples, including what has become known as the legal and political “doctrine of discovery”.


8. Numerous and repeated statements by the Church and the Popes uphold the rights of indigenous peoples. For example, in the 1537 Bull Sublimis Deus, Pope Paul III wrote, “We define and declare [ ... ] that [, .. ] the said Indians and all other people who may later be discovered by Christians, are by no means to be deprived of their liberty or the possession of their property, even though they be outside the Christian faith; and that they may and should, freely and legitimately, enjoy their liberty and possession of their property; nor should they be in any way enslaved; should the contrary happen, it shall be null and have no effect”.


9. More recently, the Church’s solidarity with indigenous peoples has given rise to the Holy See’s strong support for the principles contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The implementation of those principles would improve the living conditions and help protect the rights of indigenous peoples as well as facilitate their development in a way that respects their identity, language and culture.





Monday, October 10, 2022

#October12DecolonizationDay #12OctubreDiaDeLaDescolonización


October 12, 2022



October 12, 2022 

 United Nations Human Rights Council

51st Session

Geneva, Switzerland

Wednesday September 28, 2022

Special Panel on the Negative Impact of the Legacies of Colonialism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights


UNWeb Live TV


Opening statement by Ms. Nada Al-Nashif, Acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


“Since the UN came into existence more than 80 former colonies comprising some 750 million people have gained independence. Nonetheless the process of decolonization remains incomplete.


The Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism that goes from 2021 to 2030 therefor presents an opportunity to accelerate the pace of action towards universal decolonization and to confront the legacies of colonialism.

As the two covenants remind us, all peoples have the right of self-determination.  That is, the right to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social, and cultural development.

The right of self-determination is an essential condition for the effective guarantee and observance of individual human rights and for the promotion and strengthening of those rights.”



Continental Commission Abya Yala 



Advancing in the continental campaign to denounce and dismantle the colonial Doctrine of Discovery as a racist and pervasive pathology of “White supremacy” that pretends to normalize the continuing  pogrom of centuries of genocide against the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala [Americas], today the Continental Commission Abya Yala convenes a series of actions and discussions from coast to coast, east to west and North to South across the entire hemisphere in the spirit of Self Determination as Original Nations of Mother Earth.


Synchronizing in sunrise ceremonies and direct actions in affirmation of the right of Self Determination as Peoples, equal to all other peoples, the Continental Commission Abya Yala proclaims the date of October 12 will be addressed as #October12DecolonizationDay from now on and will coincide with the United Nations Fourth International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism that goes from 2021 to 2030.


Over this period of time, the Continental Commission Abya Yala will continue to communicate, convene, and coordinate as an independent International Indigenous Working Group, towards the effective realization of the collective right of self-determination as Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples, invoking the UN decolonization protocols and procedures established by UN General Assembly resolution 1514 in 1960.


Taking up the challenge of confronting the legacies of colonialism which was the subject of a special panel of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this year in Geneva, the Continental Commission Abya Yala has communicated to the UNHRC that the legacies of colonialism are embedded in the UN system itself, and in fact are part of the geopolitical infrastructure of the UN.  As evidence of this, International Indigenous Working Group of the Continental Commission provided both written and oral interventions at the UNHRC session this year denouncing that the legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery was completely absent from the discussions on the theme of decolonization. In fact, access and implementation of effective corrective measures, procedures and mechanisms of the UN Decolonization Committee remain unmentioned and inaccessible to the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala.


The Continental Commission Abya Yala calls upon all surviving Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples to critically review the testimony and interventions of the Special Panel on the Negative Impact of the Legacies of Colonialism convened by the UNHRC on September 28, 2022.


In consequence, the Continental Commission Abya Yala plans to convene in early 2023 the International Indigenous Working Group in fulfillment of the Mandate of the Indigenous Peoples and in defense of the Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth.







March 12, 2022

Phoenix, AZ -  Following the lead of the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia who proclaimed October 12 as the Day of Decolonization in 2018, TONATIERRA announced today that this year “#October12DecolonizationDay” will be the theme of a set of community empowerment initiatives from the local to regional, continental to global levels of engagement being coordinated by a continental alliance of Indigenous Nations and organizations.

Today March 12, 2022, marks the first day of the new year in the Mexica calendar of the Nahuatl Nations, one of many calendar systems developed over millennia by the Indigenous Peoples which are still being utilized on a daily and yearly basis by many Indigenous communities.

“There is a need to move beyond the cultural gesture of simply relabeling of ‘Columbus Day’ into ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ in in the Gregorian Calendar of North America, while the structural dynamics of the colonization project that began 530 years ago continues full force under the modus operandi of the international trade agreements among the states such as US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).  Just like the original charter of the Papal Bulls by Pope Alexander VI (1493) Inter Caetera that purported to lend legitimacy via “Discovery” by Christendom to the expropriation and exploitation of Indigenous land and labor, the USMCA subjects Indigenous territories and resources to illegal and violent expropriation at the hands of extractive industries,” said Tupac Enrique Acosta of TONATIERRA.

In addition to drawing attention to the violations of the right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for economic projects that impact Indigenous Peoples territories and Human Rights in the USMCA context from Mexico to Canada, the initial call to consciousness that motivates the #October12DecolonzationDay will begin with the invocation of the original article 36 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as follows:

Article 36 

Indigenous peoples have the right to the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements concluded with States or their successors, according to their original spirit and intent, and to have States honour and respect such treaties, agreements, and other constructive arrangements. Conflicts and disputes which cannot otherwise be settled should be submitted to competent international bodies agreed to by all parties concerned.


The relevance of invoking the principles of the Original Article 36 of the UNDRIP is drawn from the recalling of the violent conflict of the Wounded Knee takeover in 1973. At the time, the Oceti Sakowin sent a delegation of traditional chiefs from Wounded Knee to the United Nations to call for international support and intervention against the violent invasion of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty Territories.  The violation of the 1868 Treaty Territories was again a principal issue in the fight at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016.

An invasion is an invasion whether in 1868 or 2022, and international aggression is a crime against international law and the fundamental principles of the UN Charter whether in the Ukraine or at Standing Rock, South Dakota.

One of the powers of international personality in the UN system is the power to enter into treaty agreements, most importantly Peace Treaties.  In this regard and in this spirit, the Indigenous Peoples have relaunched the Indigenous Peoples Peace Initiative which was proclaimed from the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples during the Gulf War of 2003:

“We must disarm the global regime of nationalism of the state. The psychologies of hatred and competition under which the government states of the world would have us sacrifice our humanity and our children to senseless wars will no longer be tolerated. As Indigenous Peoples of the world, we further challenge the government states of the United Nations system to criminalize the destructive impact of warfare upon the ecosystems of the Earth itself, by defining appropriate international legal protocols regarding the conduct of warfare such as the Geneva Convention."

In a critical time in the history of humanity, when the so-called great powers of geopolitical stature maneuver and war against each other to dominate or control their competing spheres of influence, the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples call to spirit of humanity as a whole, to recall that we cannot hope for Peace on Earth if we do not live in peace with Mother Earth.


At a time of great uncertainty being fomented by the real threat of nuclear warfare and climate chaos exacerbated by fossil fuel based economic development across the world, the Indigenous Peoples have reemerged to offer the hope of the Xinachtli Nuclear Peace Pact, for all peoples and nations great and small to address their disagreements and disputes in non-militarized manner and with utmost respect and appreciation for the Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth.


The activities of the #October12DecolonizationDay initiative this year will specifically address the right of Self Determination of the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples in the context of Resolution 48/7 adopted by the Human Rights Council on 8 October 2021 titled Negative impact of the legacies of colonialism on the enjoyment of human rights.




Indigenous Nationhood and Self Determination

The Legacies of Colonialism and the 1999 Treaty Study by Miguel Alfonso Martinez

In consideration of the adoption of Resolution 48/7 “Negative impact of the legacies of colonialism on the enjoyment of human rights” by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 8 October 2021, and the call for input by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) as a subsidiary body to the UNCHR for a study whose purpose is to assess the extent to which article 37 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous  Peoples (UNDRIP) has been and is being implemented or considered nationally, we submit the following:






Yancuic Xihuitl: WorldWaterONE

In preparation for the Mexica New Year ceremony on March 12, 2022, there is a five day period of preparation and purification called the Nemontemi.

The Calpolli Izkaloteka have allowed the sacred fire of the Nahuacalco which has been sustained all year, to expire and lay in repose for the five days of the Nemontemi.

The sacred Axicalli Gourds of Water have been laid before our altars in our homes, in our communities, and upon the sacred sites of Mother Earth. Accordingly, here is where and how the essential intentions, prayers, dreams, and visions of the Nemontemi will be collected as the Xinachtli (Seed) of memory for the coming generations of all life on Mother Earth.

Passing through a time of the most extreme threat of war, destruction, ecological devastation, and inhumanity, the Calpolli Nahuacalco of Izkalotlan offers once again the simplest of prayers for the well-being and protection of all life: Cemanuak - Water of Life:

WorldWater: ONE