These are probably among the least idle of all indigenous people on the continent. Read more about La Ronda Forest Defenders of the Indigenous Purepecha in Cheran, Michoacan, Mexico from El Enemigo Común.
In Cheran, Michoacan the Indigenous Purepecha defend their tribal territory from clear cutters backed by a drug cartel and the local government. In the US and Canada some, but not all, of our very own “tribal” institutions are complicit in the violation of tribal territories. I am speaking of institutions created, legitimized and/or funded by the state and colonial powers of the US and Canada. The stakes are equally as high here, though the level of violence is lower. Still, a determined reclaiming of stolen tribal territory would certainly invoke a violent response from the state. It may one day be necessary for us to look back to our traditional forms of self governance and self defense to rebuild our own volunteer tribal militias as the Purepecha have done.