This symposium, held April 12, 2008, explored recent developments in the law, history, and politics of New Mexico’s Spanish and Mexican land grants, which have been the subject of social and legal conflict since the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This topic exemplifies the core mission of the Natural Resources Journal: to establish a dialogue about natural resources issues that crosses the artificial boundaries separating the discipline of law from those of history, policy and science, and that addresses important issues that have real relevance to policymakers, practitioners and ordinary New Mexicans.
The symposium's speakers brought extensive expertise and a diverse array of viewpoints to bear on these important issues; their biographies are listed.
Susan Sawtelle, Managing Associate General Counsel, GAO, and
Jeff Malcolm, Assistant Director, GAO
Handout: GAO Community Land Grant Report Presentation
Video: 2004 Government Accountability Office Report
David Benavides and Ryan Golten, New Mexico Legal Aid Land & Water Rights Project
Video: Response to the 2004 GAO Report
Mark Schiller, Editor, La Jicarita News
Video: Antonio Chávez Grant
David Correia, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Maine Farmington
Video: Taking Timber, Earth and Water
Manuel García y Griego, Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute
Video: Persistence and Disintegration