The indigenous peoples of Choréachi and Coloradas de la Virgen in a continuous struggle
to defend their territory and preferential access to the natural resources
The indigenous peoples of Choréachi and Coloradas de la Virgen, in the municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, have been tireless advocates before the Joint Agrarian Tribunal of District 5 in Chihuahua City. Alianza Sierra Madre continues to provide them with legal accompaniment in order to ensure that all proof and testimony is presented in their lawsuits: witness confessions, testimonies, visual inspections, and expert testimony in the area of anthropology, linguistics, and topography. Such proof is used to demonstrate their ancestral belonging to the territories they occupy.
For these peoples, it is of the utmost importance to get the forest-use permits which were granted in December 2006 and March 2007 by the delegation of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in Chihuahua to mestizo neighbors for the commercial forest exploitation of the forests found within their territories declared null and void. In both cases, the forest-use permits were issued in violation of their human rights at every turn. At no point did the SEMARNAT delegation seek to or have any interest in consulting with the indigenous people to guarantee their right to free, prior, and informed consent regarding forest permits authorized to their holdings and territory.
May 2011: The third contentious expert in the field of topography presents and ratifies his expert report.
June 2011: The expert in the field of linguistics presents and ratifies his expert report.
We expect the expert report in the area of social anthropology to be presented in the month of September 2011 so that with it, the case file will be complete and it can proceed to the sentencing phase.
Amount of land authorized for forest-use within the territory owned by the indigenous peoples of Choréachi: 15,000,000 hectares.
Mayo de 2011: A request is made to broaden the lawsuit and it is admitted in order that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources be summoned for a trial.
June 1, 2011: A summons is issued for SEMARNAT by the Attorney General of the Republic.
July 2011: The hearing provided for in Article 185 of the Agrarian Law is held. The lawsuit is ratified and evidence is presented. The defendant provides a response, putting forward objections and defense arguments, the incompetence of the tribunal to hear the case, and the lack of legitimacy of the indigenous community. September 2, 2011 is set as the date decreed by law for continuing the hearing.
Amount of land authorized for forest-use within the territory owned by the indigenous peoples of Coloradas de la Virgen: 24,000,000 hectares.