The ceremonies of the Mapuche communities in the Lanín volcano.

The National Parks Administration (APN) declared in recent days to the Lanín Volcano as a “Sacred Site” of the Mapuche communitybut given the controversy and the questions received, this Friday the national government decided rescind the resolution. Before the change, the Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén criticized the position of the Casa Rosada.

After celebrating the measure adopted by the APN, the organization expressed itself “against the virulent reaction of the Government of Neuquén and the response of the national Government to annul the Resolution of ‘Declaration of the Lanín Volcano as a Sacred Natural Site for the Mapuce People’ 24 hours after its approval”.

The ceremonies of the Mapuche communities in the Lanín volcano will take place from the 12th to the 17th of this month. (Lanin National Park/)

“We regret the political fragility of the national government and in particular the Minister of the Environment, Juan Cabandie, incapable of sustaining a political decision for 24 hours. The little credibility and courage of his management pushed back such an important decision for the Mapuche identity and worldview, ”the Confederation shot through a statement.

The Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén questioned the position of Omar Gutiérrez

Before the harsh criticism of the governor from Neuquen, Omar Gutierrezinvited him to “learn about the Lanín Volcano proposal for a Sacred Natural Site for the Mapuce People and to get involved in the ordering and projection of an intercultural administration of the Volcano that is not only a symbol of the Province, but also represents a regulating element of life ”.

The complaint of the governor of Neuquén after declaring the Lanín volcano a sacred Mapuche site.

The complaint of the governor of Neuquén after declaring the Lanín volcano a sacred Mapuche site. (Screenshot/)

They repudiated “the media exposure of the issue” and they clarified that the declaration of Lanín as a sacred site “does not close doors”. “On the contrary, it opens new doors such as adding a new value to everything that Argentine society knows and enjoys: all the Mapuche cosmogonic potential that is unknown to date is added to the landscape, science, and tourism. Will anyone be encouraged to oppose this assessment when it is part of the region’s identity?

Faced with the Government’s decision to form “a participatory dialogue table together with the province of Neuquén and the native communities” to analyze the issue, the CMN warned that this instance “must aim to support the recognition of Lanín Sacred Site of the Mapuche People” .

Route 61 to Huechulafquen, Lanín National Park.  (Photo: Agustina López)

Route 61 to Huechulafquen, Lanín National Park. (Photo: Agustina López)

“It is urgent that both the Nation and the Province stop using the rights of the Mapuche people as currency and decide to get out of the illegality of not complying with a normative and constitutional framework that they are obliged to respect. From there we no longer go back because it is a shame how governments and administrations succeed one another and continue to accumulate debts with the Mapuche people. We declare ourselves on alert and mobilization”, concluded the text.

The declaration of the recognized volcano as a sacred site of the Mapuche people generated controversy in the face of questions from the governor of Neuquén, as well as from opposition leaders such as former president Mauricio Macri or former national senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto.

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