Notwithstanding the conditions of insecurity which prevail in Mexico and the state of Chihuahua, Alianza Sierra Madre, A.C. continues to work for the human rights of indigenous peoples: the right to territory and to the preferential access to the natural resource base, food, education, and to a healthy environment, and to the full practice of their culture.
During 2010 and 2011, we have developed various projects aimed at satisfying needs which as a whole comprise our response to the problems produced by the economic, social, and political marginalization and exclusion in which the State of Mexico keeps us.
In the focus area of Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights, we are continuing to accompany and provide legal-administrative assistance in the defense of the territories that the Rarámuri or Tarahumara people of Choréachi and Coloradas de la Virgen in various courts and governmental agencies, as well as advocacy in public policy by accompanying the process of constitutional reform in the field of human rights for the state of Chihuahua.
In the focus area of Biocultural Conservation, we finished our training project for a group of Ódami or Tepehuan indigenous environmental educators taught by teachers from the National Council for Educational Promotion (CONAFE).
In the focus area of Sustainable Communities, we continue to provide training in 'Eco-techniques' (water-catchment and -care systems, foodstuffs production) to indigenous people in the region of Baborigame and the communities of Choréachi and Coloradas de la Virgen, as well as moving ahead with the process of strengthening the Rarámuri governmental systems of the community of Coloradas de la Virgen and documenting Choréachi's traditional medical system.