“Juchari – Nosotros”
(La Federacion Purhepehca en California)
Meta – FUERTE/Uinapikua
la Federacion Purhepecha con idioma, danzas, cancion, y cultura en CA. Como?
Unir a nuestra
gente Purhepecha de Michoacan, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Colima etc. en CA.
nuestra comunidad sobre nuestra cultura indigena de la Nacion Purhepecha Zapatista.
medicinas indigenas Purhepecha – Xikuamecha: remedios naturales, etc.
con otras confederaciones de Anahuac o pueblos de las Americas y nuestras tierras.
nuestro collectivo para otras comunidades.
Oportunidades y Problemas
Ú Oportunidades: Sabemos que nuestra gente Purhepecha existe: Somos directamente
descendientes del pueblo Purhepecha y reclamamos nuestra identidad indigena con todos los derechos y todas las responsabilidades
de ser una nacion indigena.
Ú Problemas: Aunque gobiernos coloniales no nos reconozcan, nosotros nos reconosemos
y trabajaremos con otras naciones indigenas.
Riesgos y Regalos/Risks and Rewards
Ú Riesgos - Nuestra cultura se esta desapareciendo o no esta presente.
Ú Peticion - Establizar una Confederacion Purhepecha en Alta California.
Ú Regalos - Conoser nuestra identidad, unir a nuestra gente, y aseguraar el futuro
de los ninios.
Ú Conclusion: No nos dilataremos - Nuestro future depende en cada uno de nosotros.
Cuestions Primarias/Key Issues
Termino Corto-Estudiar/aprender/enseniar la idioma
a nuestras comunidades. Establezer una confederacion en CA. Termino Largo-Tener nuestras propias escuelas y clases en Purhepecha.
Si prolongamos estas decisiones, las consecuencias seran grabes para nuestros ninios y el futuro del nuestra gente. En fin,
nuestra meta sera de ser una nacion soberana. Cueste lo que cueste, siempre seremos Purhepecha.
BYLAWS of ORGULLO PURHEPECHA CA
1. NAME AND LOCATION OF ORGANIZATION
The name of the organization is Orgullo Purhepecha. The headquarters of Orgullo Purhepecha is located in the state of
Washington as required for our incorporation as a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Corporation in California, for the future gifting
by the State of California, and for the establishment of our cultural center at Los Angeles, California.
2. MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION
Members of Orgullo Purhepecha compose directly of the Purhepecha Indian Nation but, are independent as an organization.
Orgullo Purhepecha is a Purhepecha Membership Organization, under the:
*The American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978,
*The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,
*The Free Exercise Clause of The 1968 Indian Civil Rights Act.
Orgullo Purhepecha will be referred to in the By-Laws as our organization.
3. PURPOSE AND FUNDING
Our organization is organized to prepare, apply, manage, and appraise projects to carry out the objective and purpose
of our organization to assist in the congregation of the Purhepecha Indians and to encourage and relearn the heritage of our
society for the betterment of the community, the state, and the nation in improving the quality of life, promote traditions,
and preserve the culture of the Purhepecha Indian Nation. In carrying out its purpose, our organization will accept voluntary
contributions, obtain city, county, state and federal government grants, awards or other funding such as public funding, private
funding and grants, awards or other funding from private or public charitable organizations and foundations.
4.1. MEMBERSHIP DEFINED.
The membership of our organization shall be open to all persons of Purhepecha ancestry. In order to not continue the divisions
amongst descendants of indigenous people, who are oftentimes labeled discriminately and viewed as inhumane; the Purhepecha
however, humanize indigenous people as any other race in the Americas. Furthermore, our organization accepts the truthfulness
and authenticity of the Purhepecha descendants.
All members shall abide by our organization resolutions and Bylaws of our organization.
4.1.a ACTIVE MEMBERS
Active Members are distinct as those that have contributed to our organization of Orgullo Purhepecha, participate in committees,
continue in their involvement of the Purhepecha Council, and are over the age of eighteen (18) years old. These members are
qualified to hold council and to vote in all council elections of our organization. Once donations are given or community
service is conducted, then commitment will be assessed yearly to support our organization.
4.1.b ACTIVE MEMBERS-MINORS
Active Members-Minors are defined as those that have contributed to our organization of Orgullo Purhepecha, are current
on their community work, and are under the age of eighteen (18) years old. These members are not eligible to hold council
or to vote in all council elections of our organization. Once community service is dedicated, then evaluations will be assessed
yearly as members who support our organization.
4.1.c RECOGNIZED MEMBERS
Recognized Members are defined as those that have not contributed physically to Orgullo Purhepecha but, do not participate
in committees, nor are involved in the Purhepecha Council, and are over the age of eighteen (18) years old. These members
are not qualified to hold council nor vote in council elections of our organization. However, these members do keep in contact
and help in other ways such as in recruitment or promotion to support our organization.
4.1.d CONVERSION OF RECOGNIZED MEMBERS TO ACTIVE MEMBERS
A Recognized member must contribute physically, participate in committees, and become involved in Orgullo Purhepecha to
become an Active Member.
4.2. PURHEPECHA ANCESTRY
Proof of Purhepecha ancestry will not be required by the Purhepecha Council prior to recognition. However, members will
be asked and encouraged to find out more about their lineage and learn to speak Purhepecha, which is a vibrant living language.
Purhepecha are defined culturally and not so much physically.
4.3. AFFIALITE MEMBERSHIP
Non- Purhepecha are eligible for affiliate membership in the organization. Affiliate members, eighteen (18) years of age
or older, have all of the privileges of active members, except they cannot vote nor can they be part of the Purhepecha Council.
4.4. PARTNERS OF ACTIVE MEMBERS.
Partners of active members are without question accepted as active members of our organization should they choose to be
4.5. APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP.
Prior to becoming a member of Orgullo Purhepecha, a potential member shall commit to the Purhepecha Council in meetings,
committees, and gatherings with perseverance, thus upholding the name of Orgullo Purhepecha, which translates to Purhepecha
Pride. No applications shall be needed, but shall be orally and physically documented for approval by the Purhepecha Council.
The Purhepecha Council will then review the applicant and the declaration of fact and finally, issue Purhepecha membership.
In the event there is no local family, candidates will have to establish a local chapter. A Community Leader will then be
appointed by the Purhepecha Council.
4.6. APPROVAL OF NEW MEMBERS.
The Purhepecha Council shall evaluate and assess all applicants for membership in our organization Orgullo Purhepecha.
The Purhepecha Council will document new applicants, besides supplementary revisions of personal information, and approve
4.7. MEMBERSHIP OBSERVANCE OF RULES.
All members shall observe and abide by the rules and regulations of Orgullo Purhepecha, its bylaws, and its articles of
4.8. HONORARY MEMBERS.
The members of the Purhepecha Council may designate a person as an honorary member based upon their contributions, either
by commitment or by service to the organization.
4.9. DORMANT MEMBERS.
Orgullo Purhepecha can evaluate and defer membership based upon being Dormant, or not being in contact with Purhepecha
Council. A member of our organization Orgullo Purhepecha that has been considered dormant will be always welcomed to come
back once their personal issues are resolved. Ambition to be a member of our organization will be ultimately determined by
a person(s) diligent commitment.
4.10. NO EVIDENCE IS REQUIRED BUT GENEOLOGY IS REQUESTED.
Persons accepted for membership in our organization will not be given an identification number. Unlike government policies,
the Purhepecha strongly feel that a person is considered part of an organization depending on the heart of their dedication.
Family lineages will be encouraged, however, Purhepecha understand that many indigenous person(s) have been displaced throughout
4.11. AFFILIATION CONFLICTS.
No person who is a member in good repertoire of our organization Orgullo Purhepecha shall be an affiliate of any group
or organization whose intention are incriminatory or in quarrel with our organization as considered by the Purhepecha Council.
The defiance of this amendment is reason for membership removal by a vote of the Purhepecha Council.
4.12. REMOVAL OF A COMMUNITY LEADER.
A Community Leader may be requested from our organization as a supplementary obligation, development, or to take his/her
place in the common membership by the Principal Leader and the Purhepecha Council. An eligible Community Leader will then
be called to continue that responsibility.
4.13. ELIGIBLE FOR COUNCIL.
All members who are Active Members as defined in these bylaws that are eighteen (18) years of age and above shall be deemed
eligible to hold council in our organization.
5. GRIEVANCES AND SCREENINGS.
5.1. GRIEVANCES AGAINST MEMBERS.
Any member or affiliate may make in person to the Purhepecha Council a grievance in opposition to any member of our organization
on his/her understanding that such member is infringing the conditions of his/her membership or acting against the best interest
of Orgullo Purhepecha and request that the Purhepecha Council inquire into the truth of such contention. The Purhepecha Council
shall evaluate the grievance or claim to decide the genuineness and accurateness of such grievance and to agree on what, if
any, decision the Purhepecha Council should take regarding such criticism. The Purhepecha Council shall have the final decision
to either to discharge the grievance with/out progress or maintain. The member who is being scrutinized shall, during the
evaluation, retain his/her membership in good repertoire with all constitutional rights and human rights until the Purhepecha
Council votes otherwise.
5.2. DEFERMENT OR BANNING.
A person’s membership, active, affiliate, or honorary, may be deferred or banned by the Purhepecha Council on
just grounds as a result of a oral complaint with factual evidence.
5.3. COUNCIL OF FIRE.
Before the Fire, with a Talking Stick, and/or amongst the Purhepecha Council an oral grievance will be heard, with a suggestion.
The Purhepecha Council will then advise a member that it recommends deferment or banned membership on valid grounds, and a
person will be given the opportunity for an inquiry facing the Purhepecha Council.
5.4. GROUNDS FOR DEFERMENT OR BANNING.
A persons membership may be deferred or banned for any malevolent deliberate action that infringes terms of membership
with unscrupulously behavior to our organization.
5.6. RECALL OF MEMBERSHIP.
Once deferment or banned membership is final by the Purhepecha Council, the member shall no longer to be a member Orgullo
Purhepecha for as long as the deferment or banning is applicable pending reinstatement. The period of deferment of membership
shall be determined by the Purhepecha Council until it is in the best interest of our organization. Banning a member will
lead to a longer deferment with a possibility of correcting any actions. However, a renounced member will no longer be part
of Orgullo Purhepecha and will go before the Purhepecha Council if requested. The Purhepecha Council shall then submit to
the members their recommendation for their final decision with elaborated opinions. Renounced member of a family belonging
to our organization Orgullo Purhepecha shall not be deemed banned of membership from their own family.
5.7. MEMBERSHIP RENOUNCEMENT.
Until final deferment, banning, and renouncement is complete, members shall then denounce membership of Orgullo Purhepecha
and return all records in possession belonging to the Purhepecha Council, as well as privileges shall finish once renounced.
6. MEMBERSHIP COMMITMENT OR ANALYSIS
6.1. COMMITMENTS AND ANALYSIS.
Orgullo Purhepecha may create member dues, assignments, and analysis of member commitments that shall be conducted by
all members. Community service will be substituted with member dues. All donations and considerations shall be recognized
by the Purhepecha Council and shall be appraised and acknowledged each year. Yearly dues for adult members shall be $10.00,
for children under eighteen (18) years old $5.00. Dues for all members are due and payable by February 02 of the Purhepecha
Calendar year. The first dues assessment is due February 02, 2009. All members are urged to pay yearly dues to vote in the
6.2. WAIVER OF DUES.
Orgullo Purhepecha may, on a good basis, waive payment of dues by a member who provides exceptional conditions. Members
must speak to the Purhepecha Council and request a waiver of dues for each member and state motive why the waiver should be
approved to the Purhepecha Council and why the member cannot be involved physically. Members granted waivers are restricted
from voting/holding council until dues are paid.
6.3. FREE APPLICATION.
There is no application fee for a new application for membership, nor shall it be established by the Purhepecha Council.
Membership packages and picture ID card shall be determined in the future and shall range from $10.00 for minors and $20.00
for adults. Community service shall be an opportunity to those who cannot commit financially.
6.4. REPLACEMENT MEMBERSHIP CARDS.
The fee for replacement picture ID membership card shall be established by the Purhepecha Council and shall not exceed
the cost of $10.00.
6.5. DORMANT MEMBERS.
Dormant members of Orgullo Purhepecha that apply for active membership in the organization are not required to pay for
lapse timeframes. The fee for continued or new membership cards for dormant members shall be established by the Purhepecha
7. BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Orgullo Purhepecha shall be comprised of a President, Vice President, and Organization Treasurer, and a Council that shall
consist of Twelve (12) Members. A member of the Purhepecha Council shall preside over its meetings by priority set forth in
listing below. The Purhepecha Council shall consist as follows:
(B) Vice President
(C) Organizational Treasurer
(D) Twelve Council Members
(E) State Community Leaders
(F) Assistant State Community Leaders
(G) State Organization Treasurer
7.3. TERMS OF COUNCIL.
Members of the Orgullo Purhepecha shall serve until no further work can be done, members decide to step down, or a more
qualified candidate is set, which shall be heard by the Purhepecha Council.
7.4. RULES AND REGULATIONS.
The Purhepecha Council shall make rules and regulations as is important for the purpose of set bylaws and to promote for
the good of our organization to implement resolutions and actions whereas, necessities exist to preserve community empowerment.
Set rules and regulations shall not be opposing to law, the articles of the organization, or these bylaws. A rule, policy,
or regulation may be modified, amended or repealed by the Purhepecha Council in the unsurpassed focus for the members of our
7.5. RESPONSIBILITIES OF ORGULLO PURHEPECHA.
The Purhepecha Council, in diplomacy and astuteness, shall regulate and oversee the day to day interaction of our organization,
be present at to all domestic associations of our organization, and shall have the right confer upon it by law. The Purhepecha
Council shall construct and conclude with agreements and exercise authority by these laws from our organization for all legitimate
actions, by the imperativeness of these bonds or laws, and to be implemented by Council Members, which include:
1. Convene as necessary to conduct business relationships of our organization;
2. Create recruits and equipped strategies to guide Families in their interaction;
3. Manage and settle criticism/quarrel not resolved by members with actions;
4. Agree upon and dissolve bonds and agreements; and
5. Offer policy guidance to the expenditure of funds by the Orgullo Purhepecha.
7.6. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE.
A Purhepecha Council Member may be removed from Council by an election of no-confidence by two-thirds (2/3) Members of
the Purhepecha Council or by a calling, improvement, or to obtain his/her place upon the common association for the express
rationale of that member. Special gathering shall be entitled as afforded for the intention of removing a Purhepecha Council
Member of Orgullo Purhepecha and must have at least thirty (30) days written and oral notice prior to the date of meeting.
If there is a inconsistency between a vote of the Purhepecha Council, the vote of the President will prevail unless the President
is being removed.
If a vacancy occurs (other than the President); the President shall give an opinion to the Purhepecha Council a person
to fill the opening, upon the consent of the Purhepecha Council to fill the unexpired period. In the absence of the President
to fulfill the duties of the Council, responsibilities shall be conducted by the Vice President. If the Vice President is
not capable to serve, the Purhepecha Council at a called or regular schedule meeting shall designate by majority vote to perform
the duties of the President for the unexpired term of office.
9. RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICERS
The President shall be the Chief Executive Office of our organization and Chairperson of the Purhepecha Council and shall
direct all gatherings. The President shall give direction to our organization and function of Orgullo Purhepecha. The President,
subject to the Purhepecha Council, shall assign the persons to the arrangement given in the bylaws; select the constituents,
and consent payment of finances in a crisis or tragedy; and be an ex officio member of all committees. The President may appoint
a temporary Family leader, from the Active Members of that Family who are eligible here under to serve
9.2. VICE PRESIDENT.
The Vice- President shall assume the duties of the President upon the absence of the President and serve in other capacities
as the President may decide.
9.3. ORGANIZATION TREASURER.
The Secretary shall keep a record of the members, including names, addresses and telephone numbers; record attendance
at meetings; record the minutes of the meetings of the membership and the Purhepecha Council; shall notify members of their
appointment; shall send out notices of meetings of the membership and Purhepecha Council; and shall provide copies of the
minutes of such meetings to each member; and shall conduct such correspondence as the membership and the Purhepecha Council
shall direct and be custodian of Orgullo Purhepecha
The Organization Treasurer shall keep an accurate and up-to-date roster of all members of this organization and shall
at least once a year cause a copy of such roster to be printed and placed in the hands of all Chiefs of the organization pertaining
to their Family. Furthermore, the Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all Families belonging to this organization.
9.4. RECORD KEEPER
The Record Keeper shall keep an accurate account of Families, including names, addresses, contacts, states, or country
they represent. He or she will be in charge for organizing of an annual meeting of all Families and keeping of all meeting
records for the Organization Treasurer to report back to the Purhepecha Council of our organization. She or he shall council
the Families when assistance is desired for leadership within a Family.
Orgullo Purhepecha, if authorized by the Purhepecha Council, may manage its business relationships in equipped division.
Each division may have such staff, managers, and volunteers as may be needed to operate. Each division shall be subject to
the Purhepecha Council and Members. Each division manager shall report to the President. The Purhepecha Council shall adopt
rules, regulations, strategies, and measures crucial to oversee the procedures of each division.
10.2. COMPENSATION RESTRICTIONS.
No member of this organization shall be entitled to any portion of the net earnings of the organization except as in form
of grants or scholarships as provided in these laws. However, this organization may pay a member of this organization for
expenses for services rendered to it. The organization may also employ members of the organization to perform specific tasks,
as designated by the Purhepecha Council, paying them in funds designated for that purpose.
All agreements shall be approved by the President and no loans shall be made by any Council Member or any loan safe on
behalf of our organization devoid of the power of the President and no mortgage, title deed to secure debt, title deed note
or other legal document whatsoever shall be implemented except upon the authority of the President.
10.4. LAND GRANTS.
Land grants designated to our organization will be nominated on the legal document as owned by our organization. The title
deed will be positioned in the hands of the President and rectified by the Purhepecha Council. Rules and restrictions may
be sanctioned only by the Purhepecha Council.
Funds raised by families, where the name or Tax ID of our organization is not exploited, may be reserved by the family
assets. All family funds and gifts in kind must be reported to the Organization Treasurer or President by February 02 of each
year, by a judgment of the internal revenue service of the U.S. government.
All that have given contributions to Orgullo Purhepecha will receive a tax receipt by February 02 of the following year
as set in the laws of the Internal Revenue Service. All investments put out by the Families or Members shall be counted as
a contribution, unless elected by the Purhepecha Council to compensate the suitable person/family.
11.1. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING.
The annual meeting of the members of the organization shall be held in various locations, on a day, and at a time designated
by the Purhepecha Council.
11.2. NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING.
A standard notice of an annual gathering shall be mailed to each members of record at their address as appeared by the
records of our organization listing no less then two weeks prior to the meeting by the Organization Treasurer of our organization
or by such other person designated by the Purhepecha Council.
11.3. STANDARD MEETING OF PURHEPECHA COUNCIL.
Standard meetings shall be held monthly or as the Purhepecha Council deems required at such time and place as shall be
elected by the Purhepecha Council and may be held in combination with the standard monthly gathering of the members.
11.4. SPECIAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PURHEPECHA COUNCIL OR MEMBERS.
A special meeting of the Purhepecha Council or the membership may be held at the call of the President, Organization Treasurer,
a majority of the Purhepecha Council, or upon the call by petition of any twelve members of our organization. Special assembly
shall be held in a place, date, and time nominated in the call.
A special assembly of the Purhepecha Council or the members shall require a ten (10) day written notice. This notice may
be waived for emergency called meetings provided reasonable notice has been given, a quorum is present and those councilors
or members present sign a waiver of the written notice requirement.
11.6. SPECIAL MEETING BUSINESS.
The business to be transacted at all special meetings of the Purhepecha Council or the membership shall be confined to
the matters set forth in the notice of the meeting. This restriction shall not apply if there are two-thirds (2/3) of the
members present at the meeting.
11.8. DISRUPTION OF GATHERINGS.
No member of our organization shall be permitted to remain at any gathering or at any function of our organization or
otherwise be acceptable to take part in any way in any meeting or function while drinking any alcoholic beverage or under
the influence of any drug or alcohol or while in possession of any drug or alcohol, unless such drugs are prescribed by a
doctor. Likewise, no visitor shall be allowed to remain or partake as specified above while drinking or using, being under
the influence of or in possession of any drug or alcohol, unless such drugs are prescribed by a doctor.
11.9. OPEN MEETINGS.
All meetings of the Purhepecha Council shall be open to members.
13. RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Purhepecha Council may approve rational rules and regulations as necessary and appropriate to bring business of our
organization, unless in disagreement with these bylaws all meetings of our organization shall coincide to these laws.
Each individual who is or was made a party or threatened to be made a party or is otherwise involved in any threatened,
pending or completed action, suit of proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (hereinafter a proceeding),
by reason of the fact he or she, or a person of whom he or she is a legal representative, is or was a member, shall be indemnified
and held harmless by the, as the same exists or may hereafter be amended (but in the case of any such amendment, only to the
extent that such amendment permits the organization to provide broader indemnification rights than the codes permitted the
organization to provide prior to such amendment, against all expenses, liability and loss (including attorneys fees, judgments,
fines, arias excise, taxes or penalties, and amounts paid or to be paid in settlement), actually and reasonably incurred or
suffered by such member who has ceased to be a member and shall inure to the benefit of the members heirs, executors and administrators.
Except with respect to proceedings to enforce rights to indemnification by a member, the organization shall indemnify any
such member in connection with a proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such member, only if such proceeding (or part thereof)
was authorized by the Purhepecha Council of our organization. The right to indemnification conferred in this article shall
be a contract right.
These bylaws may be amended and supplementary bylaws may be adopted by a majority vote at any annual meeting of the Purhepecha
Council, if in the observance of a special conference, the proposed revision of the new bylaws shall be set forth to the letter,
or by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at any members assembly having a quorum where the notice of such revision or new bylaw(s)
is not given: provided, however, that no change in the time or place for the election of the Purhepecha Council shall be made
within thirty (30) days next before the day on which such election is to be held without the written consent of all the Purhepecha
16. EFFECTIVE DATE
These bylaws shall be effective as Amended by vote of the Purhepecha Council on June 26, 2008