The Paraguayan Institute of Indigenous People (INDI) is an autonomous entity with legal status and its own assets whose relations with the Executive Branch must be maintained through the Ministry of Education and Culture but with autonomy to establish direct links with other Powers of the State or dependencies of the National Government. Although the INDI must have its legal domicile in Asunción it may also have regional offices. Currently it only has offices in Asunción.
“Fulfill, guarantee and ensure the faithful fulfillment of indigenous rights, harmonizing the legal mandate with the participation of indigenous peoples, in an articulated and coordinated manner with other institutions”.
A leading institution, strong, efficient, agile and transparent, that encourages indigenous participation in all areas of the Paraguayan State and society.
THE FUNCTIONS OF THE INDI
Establish and implement policies and programs;
Coordinate, supervise, and evaluate the indigenist activities of the public and private sector,
Provide scientific, technical, legal, administrative and economic assistance to indigenous communities, on their own or in coordination with other institutions and manage the assistance of national or foreign entities
Conduct censuses of the indigenous population in coordination with indigenous or indigenist entities.
Conduct, promote and regulate research related to indigenous people and disseminate information about them with the consent of the INDI and the community
Adhere to the principles, resolutions, and recommendations of international indigenist entities that are consistent with the purposes of this law, and promote, in turn, their adherence to the objectives of the INDI.
Support the efforts and complaints of indigenous people before government and private entities
Study and propose the rules that must govern in matters of Civil Registry, Military Service, education, criminal responsibility and identity documentation for the indigenous people and ensure compliance.
Maintain relations with national and international entities, indigenists, consultants and enforce agreements on the subject
Promote the technical-professional training of the indigenous, especially for agricultural, forestry and artisanal production, and train it for the organization and administration of communities
Perform other activities that are related to the purposes of the INDI