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Miskito people take up in arms in Nicaragua
The Miskito took up arms to try to expel a wave of mestizo, or mixed-race, newcomers attracted in part by the area's rich tropical hardwood groves. 
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En esta imagen del 19 de septiembre de 2015, Yohani Padilla, de 11 años, sostiene un rifle en la comunidad miskito de Santa Fe, en Nicaragua. (AP Foto/Esteban Félix)

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In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a Miskito boy flies a kite in the Francia Sirpi community, Nicaragua. The region is largely cut off from the rest of Nicaragua, with roads reaching only some towns. Residents live in wood and corrugated-metal-roof shacks raised on stilts. According to official statistics, at least 70 percent of residents are in poverty. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo, North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region council member, Silvio Mendez, poses with two weapons he says were confiscated from invaders during an attack, in Santa Clara, Tasba Raya, Nicaragua. Mendez said that on Sept. 3, the Santa Clara community was attacked by invaders , leaving two Miskito dead. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a Miskito man who did not want to give his name, poses holding his bow and arrow, in Santa Clara, Nicaragua. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, a Miskito man paddles a boat on the waters of the Rio Coco, Nicaragua. Traditionally Nicaragua's Caribbean coastal region has been populated by three indigenous peoples - the Miskito, Mayagna and Rama - and the Afro-descendant Garifuna and Creole groups. They have been largely left to run their own affairs in accordance with local custom and tradition, and autonomy laws bar the sale of communal lands. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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This Sept.16, 2015 aerial photo, shows a portion of land cleared by "settlers" in Murubila, Nicaragua. Miskito leaders call the settlers "colonists" and accuse them of seizing by force lands long considered communal property, some who have clear-cut tropical forest for cattle ranching. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, two Miskito girls displaced from communities by violence, on the banks of the Rio Coco in the Waspukta community, Nicaragua. In recent weeks Nicaragua's normally sleepy northern Caribbean coast has erupted in deadly clashes between Miskito Indians and mestizo, or mixed-race, settlers from the western part of the country. At least nine people were killed and 20 more wounded in September and hundreds of Miskito have fled their ancestral lands, in some cases escaping into neighboring Honduras. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 17, 2015, Rosman Flores, a member of the Miskito Council of Elders, is held by a friend as a doctor cleans a bullet wound he received a day earlier, in Waspam, Nicaragua. Flores says he was injured when shot at by Nicaraguan Army soldiers while he and two others were making food runs to surrounding Miskito communities. According to officials, Flores was shot by Nicaraguan Armed Forces for failure to stop at a checkpoint. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo, Miskito women wash clothes at a watering hole in Francia Sirpi, in Nicaragua's northern Caribbean coast. The region is largely cut off from the rest of the country, with roads reaching only some towns. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, a Miskito girl, cleans rice while preparing lunch at a school sheltering misplaced Miskitos fleeing the violence in their communities, in Waspukta, Nicaragua. "Our people are going to (Honduras) because food is becoming scarce, there is no medicine. The rice harvest is on our lands but we can't go there because the colonists will kill us," said community leader Lacio Rivas. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, a Miskito baby naps on a towel, spread out on the floor of a schoolroom, where displaced Miskiots have sought shelter, in Waspukta, Nicaragua. Miskito leaders accuse settlers of seizing by force lands long considered communal property, helping themselves to food stocks and abusing the locals. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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This Sept. 17, 2015 photo shows a framed image of Yatama Indian community leader Mario Leman, during his wake in the Caribbean coastal town Waspam, Nicaragua. Leman was killed during a land conflict between settlers and Miskito on Nicaragua's Atlantic coast. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, Miskito Ambrosio Laicot, 63, removes his shirt to show where he was wounded during a confrontation with settlers, in La Esperanza, Nicaragua. "This is the fault of the colonists. We have been on our lands for thousands of years, and they come and they invade us. We ask them to leave, and they start shooting at us," said Laicot, who also lost his right eye in the clash. "They have no respect for our soul, so we don't have any respect for them." (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, Ayunci Ignacio de Leman is comforted by her son during the burial of her husband, Yatama community leader Mario Lemans, in Waspam, Nicaragua. Land conflicts between settlers and Miskitos on Nicaraguas Atlantic coast have left at least nine people dead this month and 20 wounded. The latest death was that of Lemans. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, a Miskito man arrives after taking part in a defense patrol, in La Esperanza, Nicaragua. Miskito men who are resisting the arrival of settlers patrol the humid terrain wearing knee-high boots, and armed with crude weapons - double-pronged fishing spears, knives, machetes, bows and arrows. But some carry rifles they say they seized from invaders. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, a Miskito girl walks among Miskito men armed with rifles, which they say they use to defend against attacking colonists, in La Esperanza community, Nicaragua. Miskitos have taken up arms to try to expel the wave of newcomers, who are attracted in part by the area's rich tropical hardwood groves. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a Miskito man stands in a pair of cowboy boots, as he listens in on a communal meeting in Francia Sirpi, Nicaragua. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 19, 2015 photo, a young Miskito of families displaced from their communities by violence spurred by land conflicts, stands on the banks of the Rio Coco in Waspukta, Nicaragua. President Daniel Ortega charges that corrupt individuals have "sold" land to mestizo settlers from western Nicaragua, who are either unaware or don't care that the titles are illegal. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a Miskito man takes part in a meeting at a communal house in Francia Sirpi, Nicaragua. Traditionally Nicaragua's Caribbean coastal region has been populated by three indigenous peoples - the Miskito, Mayagna and Rama - and the Afro-descendant Garifuna and Creole groups. They have been largely left to run their own affairs in accordance with local custom and tradition, and autonomy laws bar the sale of communal lands. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo, Miskitos attend a meeting at a communal house in Francia Sirpi, Nicaragua. In Francia Sirpi, which has a population of about 2,400, some 1,000 people have decamped for Puerto Cabezas, the capital of the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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Women sing during the burial Yatama community leader Mario Lemans, in Waspam, Nicaragua, Friday, Sept. 18,2015. Land conflicts between settlers and Miskitos on Nicaraguas Atlantic coast have left at least nine people dead this month and 20 wounded. The latest death was that of Lemans. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a Miskito man who did not want to reveal his name, poses for a picture holding his rifle and a slingshot. in Santa Clara, Nicaragua. Some Miskito men, who are resisting the arrival of new settlers, are armed with crude weapons such as double-pronged fishing spears, knives, machetes, bows and arrows. But a few some carry rifles they say they seized from invaders. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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In this Sept. 17, 2015 photo, relatives of Yatama Indian community leader Mario Leman, mourn during Leman's wake in the Caribbean coastal town Waspam, Nicaragua. Leman was killed during a recent clash. The Miskito indigenous people say tensions began when they began expelling squatters who had occupied parts of their land. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Miskito people take up in arms in Nicaragua

The Miskito took up arms to try to expel a wave of mestizo, or mixed-race, newcomers attracted in part by the area's rich tropical hardwood groves. 

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