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The Associates

Ing. Randall Gingrich
Executive Director

Geological Engineer with M.S. in Watershed Management and graduate studies in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona.  Co-founder of six nonprofit organizations in Chihuahua dedicated to accompaniment and services to indigenous pueblos in the region with 20 years of experience advising Mexican nonprofit organizations and indigenous communities in the Sierra Tarahumara.   Coordinator of multidisciplinary teams in research, planning and advising community development and watershed restoration projects, the legal defense of indigenous territory and natural resources, including successful protection of the rights of indigenous communities with remnant old growth forests in the most isolates and traditional regions in the Sierra. 

 
Lic. Horacio Lagunas Cerda
Legal Advisor, Treasurer

Licensed attorney with over 30 years experience working with indigenous communities and ejidos in the Sierra Tarahumara in land issues, education, defense of indigenous rights and communication.   State Director of the National Indigenous Institute (INI) between 1995 and 2001 and formerly worked for INI and the Secretariat for Agrarian Reform (SRA).   Currently, is advisor to the Consejo Indigena Chihuahua  A.C., a statewide representative body for traditional indigenous governors, and legal advisor to Representative Samuel Diaz of the state congress of Chihuahua.  Leading pioneer in introducing the proposed state law for indigenous rights that includes major reforms in recognizing indigenous representation in the municipios (counties) in Chihuahua with 20% or higher indigenous population.  
 
Juan Rios Vega
Asistente Jurídico, Tepehuan

Co-founder of Tierra Nativa A.C., law student (thesis pending) at the Universidad Autonomo de Chihuahua (UACH) with five years experience with nonprofit organizations working in defense of indigenous rights and civil rights, as well as two years working for the state department of Coordination of Indigenous Affairs (CET) working to support the four indigenous cultures in Chihuahua. 
 
Ramon Quintana
President

Founder of the Eco-Village of Santa Isabel (EcoAldea de Santa Isabel), internationally recognized expert in ecological construction and organic agriculture, founder of Cal Earth Mexico A.C. and co-producer of the radio program on nutrition and natural healing, Vida Sana. 
 
Elvira Villareal
Vocal, Advisor for Political Affairs and Communications

Anthropologist with thirty years of activism for human rights, women’s rights, and coordinator general of the feminist group, Ocho de Marzo. Co-founder of the Women in Chihuahua Culture Collective and previously coordinator of social communication for Representative Victor Quintana.
 
Sagrario Silva Velez
Secretary

Founding director of the contemporary dance and theater group, Campobello A.C.   Award winning choreographer, dancer, actress, teacher, director and promoter of arts and culture in Chihuahua.  Co-founder of the Women in Chihuahua Culture Collective.   
 
Angélica Merina Merina
Vocal

Co-founder of the Eco-Aldea Santa Isabel and co-producer of the radio program radio Vida Sana; expert in organic agriculture and natural health.

 
 


 
 


Tierra Nativa US is a project Social Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit public charity exempt from federal income tax under section 501(C)3 of the Internal Revenue Code in the U.S.A.
Tierra Nativa A.C. is a Mexican nonprofit partner organization

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