Indians in Bolivia hope to create tribal nation

Indian leaders in Bolivia are hoping to turn back the clock and return to a more traditional and communal form of government.

They say American and international interests are corrupting the country. They want to create an Aymara nation where property is owned communally and where farmers can grow coca, the prime ingredient in cocaine, without interference. In some areas, they have begun to assert more authority.

Indians are a majority in Bolivia but have long been marginalized. Recently, they have made several political gains, including driving the president from office. Evo Morales, an Indian leader, placed second in the presidential election.

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