Original document was submitted as an honors thesis requirement. Copyright is held by the author.

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In today’s society there are indigenous communities that live and thrive the way that their ancestors did. These people try and maintain their culture while modern society tries to impose their beliefs and practices on them. Peru is a country that is quickly developing and westernizing. These indigenous communities in Peru are considered citizens but do not receive the rights that are granted to them by their constitutions. They have their land unlawfully seized, they are forced into menial jobs where they are abused and exploited, they do not receive adequate education if any, and they are excluded from the government and legislation that effects them. To improve the lives of the indigenous Peruvians the government must take concern with protection of their rights while collaborating with them to provide for their needs.