Indigenous Peoples in Latin America: Statistical Information [Updated December 8, 2021]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Summary: "This report provides statistical information on Indigenous peoples in Latin America. Data and findings vary, sometimes greatly, on all topics covered in this report, including populations and languages, socioeconomic data, land and natural resources, human rights, and international legal conventions. For example the figure below shows four estimates for the Indigenous population of Latin America ranging from 41.8 million to 53.4 million. The statistics vary depending on the source methodology, changes in national censuses, the number of countries covered, and the years examined. Definitions of Indigenous peoples also vary. The United Nations and many countries rely on self-identification of Indigenous peoples. In counting distinct groups, this report uses the term 'Indigenous groups' rather than 'tribe,' 'nation,' 'ethnic minority,' or 'sociolinguistic group.' A compilation of selected informational resources, covering languages; socioeconomics; land, natural resources, and climate change; international organizations; and human rights, is available in the appendix as well as a list of national agencies that oversee Indigenous affairs in each Central American or South American country."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46225
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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