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Working with the Indigenous Communities in California


The Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) was created in 1993 by the Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB) to serve the indigenous migrant communities from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico that reside in California, United States (US). Each of our communities have its own language and culture that differentiate us from one another, however all indigenous people face similar problems in our hometowns, as well as to the places we have migrated.

Since its foundation as a non-profit entity, CBDIO has been dedicated to implement projects on worker’s rights, which provides orientation, education, training, counseling and referrals.

CBDIO works for and with the indigenous communities, to identify the most pressing problems and needs that affect our communities.

Our vision is to achieve the well-being, equality and self-determination of the indigenous communities.


We honor the creative abilities and knowledge of our indigenous ancestors by preserving our culture. A Petate is a mat made out of dried palm leaves. This Petate was painted by a Ñuu Savi (Mixtec) scribe in an ancient book, currently known as codex.

Before the arrival of the Europeans to the American Continent, our ancestors used the Petate as a throne on which the queens would sit when they met with the kings in conferences, sacred ceremonies, and special events.

Despite all the material and technological advances in society, the objects made out of palm leaves such as petates, tenates, and mecapales, among other home utensils, these type of products are still been made and used by the Ñuu Savi (Mixtec) people.

Our Culture

Our Services


Services to external agencies and institutions:

  • Interpretation Services 

  • Translation Assistance 

  • Conferences, Presentations and Workshops 

  • Organization and Focus Groups

  • Outreach Activities 

  • 2020 Census 

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Civic Participation
& Workshops

Services to the community:

  • Citizenship & Civic Participation

  • Children Workshops

  • Chronic Disease Workshops

  • Nutritional Classes

  • Paperwork Assistance with:  

    • Children's Health Insurance

    • Medical & Social Services 

& Advocacy

Advocacy services:

  • Leadership & Advocacy Development

  • Actions for Fair & Humane Immigration Laws

  • Actions on Health Care Reform for All


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For the past 27 years Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) has worked and continues to achieve the well-being, equity and self-determination of our indigenous communities. Join us and help support our indigenous migrant communities.

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