By Kurly Tlapoyawa

[Originally published in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, 1998, sec B, pp 9.]

This article was a foundational statement for the nascent Mexika Eagle Society. It critically analyzed the “Hispanic” and “Latino” identities through an indigenous Chicano/Mexicano perspective, and it set the tone for the literature that came thereafter, both in the In Kuauhtlahtoa journal and in Kurly’s influential book, We Will Rise (2000).

This article was mentioned in Episode 9: The Whiteness of “Latinx” of the Aztlantis Tales podcast, May 18, 2021.

Op-Ed Piece by Kurly Tlapoyawa in 1998.

The logo below encapsulated the organization’s stance on these Eurocentric labels.

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Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl

Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl

Scholar, activist, & history professor. Research explores Chicano indigeneity, Mex indigenist nationalism, Coahuiltecan identity, & the subaltern history of TX.