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Area Rep Oscar Requena says Indian Creek Villagers and conservation organization need to talk out their differences

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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2022. 7:03 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Toledo West Area Representative Oscar Requena is calling for dialogue between the villagers of Indian Creek and the conservation organization Flora and Fauna International (FFI) to meet and discuss the equitable use of the land surrounding the village.

Today, Indian Creek Villagers held a protest regarding the upcoming visit of Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with a major point of contention being the Duke’s patronage of FFI, which has barred the villagers from using the land surrounding Indian Creek for their subsistence.

Requena said today that the area in dispute is around 13,000 acres of land that the villagers have customarily used for farming, hunting and obtaining materials to build their homes.

“I must clarify though, from my understanding is that it is private land and what has to happen is that the parties have to come together,” Requena said. “The community is in need of additional land to be able to expand and I believe the only way to work it out is that the company or the private owners that own those lands have to take those things into account.”

He added that the leaders of the village felt disrespected having been informed that there was a closed visit to Indian Creek in the works, but they were not informed of what was happening and as such, could not inform their communities.

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