University of Arizona

More information about the University of Arizona summer program thorugh SURCO can be found on the Unviersity of Arizona website.

More information can be found at the University of Arizona website.

This program, similar to the one through University of Kentucky, consists of 8 weeks of students engaging with themes of social and environmental justice through addressing issues of global economy and its local effects, “clean energy”, land tenure, etc. in the context of Oaxaca.

In the first 5 weeks they take classes, go on excursions, meet with civil organizations, collectives, and local artists and activists. In this phase they focus on political economy, geographic issues, an introduction to the qualitative research methodology, among others. Optional Spanish classes are also offered.

In the last three weeks, the university students design and carry out an investigation with themes that they choose. They are given the option to travel through the state, or conduct their investigation from the capital.

In general the students from the University of Kentucky and University of Arizona take the same classes, and share the same experiences.

Oaxacan Center for Hearing and Language Rehabilitation, CORAL A.C.

Saúl Fuentes commented that he has been participating in CORAL, A.C. for 11 years, and has spent more than 30 years working with people with hearing disabilities. Currently they are conducting a fundraiser to continue their work with this population.

This Friday, June 14th , on the radio program Pez in el Surco transmitting from Radio Universidad de Oaxaca 91.5 fm at 6:15 pm, we will be talking about the work of CORAL AC with people with hearing disabilities.

Saúl Fuentes commented that he has been participating in CORAL, A.C. for 11 years, and has spent more than 30 years working with people with hearing disabilities. Currently they are conducting a fundraiser to continue their work with this population.

Click here to see the fundraising campaign

Escucha, Descarga, Comparte y Difunde: PEZ en el SURCO

PART I, CARTOGRAPHY OF MINING PROJECTS

Servicios Universitarios y Redes de Conocimientos en Oaxaca (SURCO) presents the first part of the research carried out this year 2018, which analyzed 15 mining projects in Oaxaca. This work focuses on 7 projects of the U.S. mining company Gold Resource Corp (GRC), whose subsidiary in Mexico is Don David Gold Mexico S.A. de C.V., its area of influence includes municipalities of Central Valleys and the Sierra Sur in the state of Oaxaca.

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GOLD RESOURCE CORP or DON DAVID GOLD MEXICO MINING PROJECTS

Servicios Universitarios y Redes de Conocimientos en Oaxaca (SURCO), presents the first part of the research carried out on mining projects in Oaxaca. This research focuses on the U.S. mining company Gold Resource Corp (GRC), with Don David Gold México S.A. de C.V. as a subsidiary in Mexico. Its area of influence includes the municipalities of Valles Centrales and Sierra Sur in the state of Oaxaca.

About This Work

The concern originated after reviewing several tables of mining projects in the state of Oaxaca, most issued by requests for access to public information and others by the State Mining Panorama. These databases lack a breakdown of the concessions that make up each project. In addition, in many cases they only mention one municipality for each project, although the concessions cover more than one municipality; in other cases they mention municipalities that are not part of the concession area. In addition, there are various data related to mining projects in official sources that contradict each other.

This material is intended to be a tool to clearly locate mining projects in Oaxaca. The main product of this study is a map showing the projects with their respective concessions and concession titles. This visualizes the municipalities affected by the concessions, and therefore, by the mining projects. The map we present highlights in beige the concessions in the area that belong to other companies and are not part of the GRC projects.

Methodological process

At first, government and business sources were compared; weaving the information from the two to understand the extent of mining projects. Then the information available on the company’s websites, such as press releases, annual reports (2015 and 2017), were used to locate the concessions for each project. The documents from federal agencies were contrasted with the responses to the requests for public information (from 2014 file 0001000102914, from 2017 file 0001000165917 and from 2018 file 0001000026318) available in the transparency portal. The data of the Sistema Integral sobre Economía Minera SINEM, the Servicio Geólogico Mexicano SGM, the Sistema Integral de Administración Minera SIAM and the layer of concessions of Cartografía Minera were downloaded from the open data portal of the federal government.

Subsequently, the concessions involved were selected from the spatial layer of the Cartografía Minera, and overlayed with the layer of municipal boundaries of INEGI, in order to make the polygons of each project and identify the municipalities involved. All this analysis was done through the open source program QGIS.

It is worth mentioning that many of the documents published by the company are in English, mainly because they are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as to announce their work plans and thus continue looking for investors. On these sites they expose how well they are doing by pointing out the tons of minerals they extract, the minimum they invest and the exponential profits in dollars.

Main findings

This research process confirmed that GRC has 69,889 hectares of Oaxacan land concessions, through 30 concession titles. The GRC owns 100% of 25 of the concession titles, and the other 5 they rent from other concessionaires. The concessions are distributed in the following projects: El Rey, El Chamizo, Cerro Colorado, Alta Gracia, Las Margaritas, El Águila and El Fuego.

GRC, on their website, mentions 6 mining projects in Oaxaca: El Águila, Alta Gracia, El Fuego, El Rey, Las Margaritas and El Chamizo. It does not mention Cerro Colorado as a project even though it is listed as such by the Secretaría de Economía SE (Respuesta a solicitud 2014, 2017 y 2018), in relation to the company and former subsidiary, Almaden Minerals.

On the other hand, the SE, by means of application 2014 with file 0001000102914, mentions the same 6 projects of this company: El Águila, Alta Gracia, El Rey, Las Margaritas, El Chamizo, but differs by adding Solaga and omitting Fuego and Cerro Colorado in the information it makes public.

Regarding Solaga, this investigation found that GRC terminated its contract with the concessionaires in 2013. On the same date, this company acquired El Fuego and Cerro Colorado, as stated in the company’s March 13, 2013 press release. Leaving their jobs in the Sierra Norte to focus on their “Oaxaca Mining Unit”.

With respect to El Fuego and Cerro Colorado, as the company GRC points out 5 years ago, it bought these projects from Almaden Minerals, information that is not reflected in the publications of the corresponding instance, since the SE, in the response to the public request of April 2018 for file 0001000026318, points out both as part of Almaden Minerals Company and its subsidiary. In addition, the company only classifies one as an El Fuego project and Cerro Colorado as part of the El Chamizo project. For that reason the company lists only 6 mining projects on its website.

In the SE’s portfolio of mining projects, in the SIAM, these same outdated data follow because to date, the document available online is from 2012.

Detailed information by project

A) The El Rey project is in the exploration stage and consists of 4 mining concessions according to the 2017 GRC report. Cartografía Minera (2018) contains the titles of each concession: El Rey (Title: 225373), El Virrey (Title: 226269), La Reyna (Title: 225401) and El Marquéz (Title: 234213). When making a spatial crossing between the layers it was found that the concessions cover the territory of the municipalities of Santiago Matatlán and San Baltazar Chichicápam. The contradictory data from the SE in the 2018 application response with file 0001000026318 points 1.- to Golden Trump Resources, S.A. de C.V. as a subsidiary and 2.- as a municipality to San Pedro Quiatoni when in reality the concessions do not cover this municipality.

B) The El Chamizo project is in the Exploration stage. In its annual report (2017) GRC points out that this project includes a concession of the same name covering 26,386 hectares. It also notes that, because of the proximity between Alta Gracia and El Chamizo, El Chamizo’s exploration activities began in 2011. The GRC also includes the Cerro Colorado project, purchased from Almaden Minerals LTD, as part of the El Chamizo project. The SE registers Cerro Colorado as a separate project, as we will detail.

In the Cartografía Minera of the SE (2018) was found the concession: “EL CHAMIZO” (Title: 238374). When overlaying the concessions layers with the municipalities it was found that the concession covers territory within the municipalities: San Dionisio Ocotepec, Santiago Matatlán, San Pedro Totolápam, San Lucas Quiaviní and San Baltazar Chichicápam.

The contradictory data from the SE in the 2018 response indicates 1.- The project is as a subsidiary of Golden Trump Resources, S.A. de C.V. and 2.- The municipality of San Pedro Quiatoni is mentioned, though their territory is not affected by the concession.

C) Cerro Colorado Project is in the exploration stage. According to its annual report (2017), GRC purchased this project from Almaden Minerals LTD in 2013, which consists of the San Pedro Fracc. 2 concession, which cover approximately 1,860 hectares. The company has since managed Cerro Colorado as part of the El Chamizo project.

In the Cartografía Minera of the SE (2018) the concession was found: San Pedro Fracción 2 (Title: 233693). When making the spatial crossing with the layers of concessions and municipalities it was found that the concession encompasses territory within the municipalities of San Dionisio Ocotepec and San Pedro Totolápam.

There are four contradictions in the data provided by the SE in the 2018 response 1.- they continued to cite Almaden Minerals Ltd., the current company owner, as the previous company owner 2.- They mention the previous subsidiary Almaden de México, S.A. de C.V., 3.- They mention as country of origin as Canada and 4.- They mention Santa Catarina Lachatao, a municipality that is not affected in their territory because of its location in the Sierra Norte.

D) The Alta Gracia project is in the production stage. This project includes 3 concessions, totalling 5,175 hectares (report 2017). It has been in operation since receiving the necessary permits in 2016. The mine is called El Mirador and all the extracted material is moved 32 kilometers to be processed by the mills of the El Águila project.

The Cartografía Minera of the SE (2018) indicates the titles of the concessions mentioned in the company’s report: David Fraction I” (Title: 232851), David Fraction (Title: 232852) and La Herradura (Title: 231129). When making the spatial crossing it was identified that the concessions include territory within the municipalities of San Dionisio Ocotepec, San Pedro Totolápam and Tlacolula de Matamoros.

There are three contradictions in the data from the SE in the 2018 response, indicating the project 1.- as a subsidiary to Golden Trump Resources, S.A. de C.V., which has already changed, 2.- in the municipality of San Pedro Quiatoni, which for the second time, is indicated without being affected in its territory and 3.- in exploration stage when this project is already in production.

E) The Las Margaritas mining project is in the exploration stage. It consists of the La Tehuana concession, which covers 925 hectares (report 2017). Its website indicates that in 2012 and 2013 different mineral tests were done and in its annual report it reveals that the company has planned a series of exploratory tests.

In the Carteografía Minera (2018) the concession La Tehuana (Title: 210029) was found. A spatial overlay identified that the concession covers territory within the municipality of San Pedro Totolápam.

There are two contradictions in the data from the SE in the 2018 response, which indicate; 1.- to Golden Trump Resources, S.A. de C.V. as a subsidiary and 2.- the affected municipality of San Pedro Quiatoni, again a municipality that is not affected. In reality the concession affects another municipality.

F) The El Águila project is in the Production stage. It consists of 19 mining concessions (report 2017) which total 30,215 hectares. They have worked in two mines: El Águila, in the open air, and Arista, an underground mine in which they are currently working. In their annual report (2015) they listed 17 concessions covering a total of 30,074 hectares.

In the Cartografía Minera (2018) 17 concessions and their corresponding titles were located: El Aguila (Title: 222844), Mina del Aire (Title: 158272), El Chacal (Title: 232628), El Pilón (Title: 232629), El Pitayo Fracción 1 (Title: 231124), El Pitayo Fracción 2 (Title: 231125), El Pitayo Fracción 3 (Title: 231126), El Pitayo Fracción 4 (Title: El Pitayo Fracción 4): 231127), El Talaje (Title: 231128), San Luis (Title: 233124), El Zorrito (Title: 235332), El Coyote (Title: 235802), La Curva (Title: 235803), Zopi (Title: 238875), San Miguel Fracc 1 (Title: 241817), San Miguel Fracc 2 (Title: 241818) and Águila III (Title: 242686).

In the same area, there are two other concessions from the owner Don David Gold Mexico, S.A. de C.V.: Correcaminos (Title: 244389) and Tlacuache (Title: 245147). The areas of these two plus the 17 mentioned above add up to a total of 30,215 hectares, an amount that corresponds to the area indicated by the company in its last annual report (2017).

When making the spatially overlayed, it was identified that territories of the municipalities: San Pedro Quiatoni, San Dionisio Ocotepec, San Carlos Yautepec, Nejapa de Madero, San Pedro Totolápam and Tlacolula de Matamoros would be effected.

Two contradictions in the data from the SE in the 2018 response indicates the project 1.- as a subsidiary of Golden Trump Resources S.A. de C.V. / Hochschild de México S.A. de C.V., and 2.- San Pedro Quiatoni as the only affected municpality even though there are 5 other municipalities affected in their territory.

G) The El Fuego project is in the exploration stage. It was acquired from Almaden Minerals LTD in 2013. Since then it has classified El Fuego as part of its “Oaxaca Mining Unit”. It also mentions that the project consists of the “San Pedro Fracc. 1” concession. It points out that in 2018 it will only do the “minimum work” to maintain the concession and that it has no plans for “extensive exploration work” (report 2017).

In the Cartografía Minera of the SE (2018) the concession “San Pedro Fracción 1” (Title: 233694) was found, covering 2,554 hectares. The spatial overlay identified that the concession covers territory within the municipalities of San Carlos Yautepec and San Pedro Totolápam.

There are contradictions in data from the SE 2018 response, which indicate 1.- Almaden Minerals Ltd. as the company, which maintains the previous company, 2.- the previous subsidiary Almaden de México, S.A. de C.V., 3.- Canada as the company’s country of origin and 4.- San Pedro Totolapan (sic) as the only effected muncipality, although it also includes San Carlos Yautepec. We recall that this and Cerro Colorado were acquired in 2013 by GRC.

In Conclusion

This process of geographic data analysis research leaves us more questions than answers. Each time a new document was obtained it brought with it some more uncertainty, sometimes it answered some questions but opened up others. The inconsistencies found with GRC are not isolated cases. In terms of official information, we ask ourselves, why are the publications of the institutions in charge of providing information to the citizens of this country so out of date? What is the role of institutions dedicated to transparency? What are the legal implications or social motivations of indicating a different municipality from the one that has granted its territory? Who benefits from this disinformation? These are the concerns we share with our readers.

PART II, CARTOGRAPHY OF MINING PROJECTS

The second part of this investigation takes mining projects in communal territories and municipalities in the district of Ixtlán in the Sierra Norte region of Oaxaca. Of the 38 concessions in this region, 36 touch the district of Ixtlán, according to the Cartografía Minera de la Secretaría de Economía.

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About this work

The main purpose of this work was to define and locate more clearly the projects El Roble, Lachatao and Geranio. The map illustrates these three mining projects of the Canadian company First Mining Gold Corp. (FMGC), as well as the the Natividad and Anexas concessions, and other concessions in the same area.

FMGC is a Canadian enterprise that has 25 mining projects in Canada, Mexico and the United States, which can be found in phases of exploration and development. Until now, they have not had any mines in operation. Their principal focus is gold.

A review was made of the concession of the Sierra Norte and its Public Mining Registry Cards. The cards detail movements, contracts and agreements of the concessions. It was contrasted with requests for public information (2014 folder 0001000102914, 2017 folder 0001000165917 and 2018 folder 0001000026318) available in the transparency portal, the data of the Sistema Integral sobre Economia Minera(SINEM), of the Servicio Geológico Mexicano(SGM) and the concession layer Cartografía Minera downloaded from datos.gob.mx. We worked with the concession layer of the Cartografía Minera from the Secretaría de la Economía and the Límites Municipales layer from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) through the open source QGIS program.

Review the methodological process in the previous article

Initial findings

According to their description, FMGC catogorizes their projects in tiers; Tier 1 are the most advanced projects, Tier 2 and Tier 3 are less developed. The three projects in Oaxaca are classified as Tier 3.

FMGC indicates 11 concessions linked to their subsidiary Minera Teocuitla, grouped in 3 projects (El Roble, Geranio y Lachatao). However, the Secretaría de la Economía in response to the 2018 information request includes a project called Natividad, noting that it is managed by First Mining Gold Corp and is in the exploration stage. The company does not indicate any projects called Navidad, although it is certain that their three projects can be found near the historic Natividad mine. In the descriptions of the projects on the website the company states that their project can be found in the mining district of Natividad, but at no time had they named their project Natividad.

It is worth mentioning that the Secretaría de la Economía, in the different responses to our requests for information, indicates that different projects were all of the same subsidiary; Minera Teocuitla. However, each year the different parent companies of the subsidiaries appear with different names, as they have changed through different transactions before becoming the FMGC.

In 2014 three projects are mentioned with the subsidiary Teocuitla, and the parent company Sundance Minerals Ltd. These projects are Lachatao, Natividad and Geranio. The Roble project is not mentioned, although in the report, the company sustains that it has defined this project since 2010.

In 2017 the Secretaría de la Economía mentions projects of the First Mining Finance Corp, including only the projects Geranio-Natividad and Lachatao. They continue without citing El Roble. In the response of the Secretaria de Economia does not inform the municipality nor the subsidiary of these projects. The Secretaria de Economia in their response to the request for public information with regards to File 0001000026318, does not indicate the municipality or subsidiary for the project.

Detailed information by project

El Roble

According to the same company, this project consists of two concessions: Reducción El Roble* and El Roble 2, which cover 9,666 hectares. These projects can both be found in the exploration stage. In the Cartografía Minera published by the Secretaría de la Economía in 2018 two concessions were found: 1.”REDUCCIÓN EL ROBLE” (Title:245367) and 2. “EL ROBLE 2”: (Title: 236684).

When making overlaying these concessions and the INEGI Límites Municipales layer, it was found that these concessions cover territories of the Ixtlán de Juárez, San Juan Atepec, San Pedro Yaneri, Capulálpam de Méndez, San Miguel Yotao y Santiago Xiacuí municipalities.

Before its reduction in 2016, the El Roble concession covered 15,780 hectares of the Ixtlán de Juárez, San Andrés Solaga, San Juan Juquila Vijanos, San Juan Yaeé, Capulálpam de Méndez, San Miguel Yotao, San Pedro Yaneri, Santa María Yalina, Santiago Xiacuí and Tanetze de Zaragoza municipalites.

The Secretaría de la Economía in their response to the request for public information for File 001000026318, did not indicate a municipality nor a subsidiary for the project El Roble.

Geranio

According to the company, this project consists of 6 concessions: La Ramita, Geranio, Violeta, Azucena, El Jilguero and La Orquídea, which cover 540 hectares. These concessions are in the exploration stage. In the 2018 Cartografía Minera of the Secretaría de la Economía there are three concessions: 1. “LA RAMITA” (Title: 204535), 2. “GERANIO” (Title: 195722), 3. “VIOLETA” (Title: 217519), 4. “AZUCENA” (Title: 204535), 5. “EL JILGUERO” (Title: 188374) and 6. “LA ORQUIDEA” (Title: 195427).

When overlaying these concessions and the Límites Municipales layer, it was found that they cover territory in the Natividad, Capulálpam de Méndez and Santiago Xiacuí municipalities.

The Secretaría de la Economía in their response to the request for public information about the folder 001000026318, indicated Tanetze de Zaragoza as a municipality that was part of the project Gernaio, though none of the six concessions of the project touch this municipality.

Lachatao

According to the company this project consists of three concessions: Lizi 1, Lizi 1 Fraccion 2 and Lizi 1 Fraccion 3, which make up an area of 5,126 hectares. These concessions are in the exploration phase. In the Cartografía Minera published by the Secretaría de la Economía in 2018 there are three concessions: 1. “LIZI 1” (Title: 237145), 2. “LIZI 1 FRACCION DOS” (Title: 237146) y 3. “LIZI 1 FRACCION TRES” (Title: 237147).

When overlaying these concessions with the Límites Municipales layer, it was found that they cover territory in the San Miguel Amatlán, Santa Catarina Lachatao, Santa María Yavesía, Santiago Xiacuí, Capulálpam de Méndez, San Juan Chicomezúchil and Ixtlán de Juárez municipalities.

The Secretaría de la Economía in responding to the request for public information about file 001000026318, they indicated Lachato is in the that Santa Catarina Lachato municipio. In reality, the concessions implicated in the project touch another six municipalities more, with a total of 7 municipalities affected.

There are 14 concessions titled for Company MINERA DE NATIVIDAD Y ANEXAS, S.A. DE C.V. in the Cartografía Minera which cover territory inside of the Natividad, Capulálpam de Méndez, Ixtlán de Juárez, San Miguel Amatlán, Santiago Xiacuí y San Miguel Yoteo municipalities. The concessions are the followings.

PROVIDENCIA UNO (Title: 186585), PROVIDENCIA DOS (Title: 186920), MARINER NO.2 (Title: 192785), DON LUIS (Title: 195377), UNIFICACION EL ESFUERZO (Title: 196298), REDUCCION PROVIDENCIA TRES FRACCION 1 (Title: 215326), REDUCCION PROVIDENCIA TRES FRACCION 2 (Title: 215327), SANTA ROSA (Title: 218456), PROVIDENCIA CUATRO (Title: 222595), PROVIDENCIA CINCO (Title: 222829), PROVIDENCIA SEIS (Title: 228264), LAS AGUILAS (Title: 236408), LA PURISIMA CONCEPCION (Title: 236409) and NUMERO UNO (Title: 236447).

During review of the Tarjetas de Registro Público of the 14 concessions mentioned above, no current contract was found was found between the company MINERA DE NATIVIDAD Y ANEXAS, S.A. DE C.V. and a foreign company. In reality, there are many doubts about the project Natividad. It is said to have closed in January 2017, according to the Profepa. In the Directorio del Sector Minero, the registry of the company MINERA DE NATIVIDAD Y ANEXAS, S.A. DE C.V. updated in March 2017 mentions that the company has not responded to emails or calls from the Profepa. However, the neighbors of the surrounding communities maintain that there is activity beyond maintenance

Other concessions in the district of Ixtlán

It is important to mention other concession that touch part of the district of Ixtlán and that don’t appear in detail in the attached map.

1. Ixtepeji (Title: 242156), titled by the Comisariado de Bienes Comunales of Santa Catarina Ixtepeji.

The following concessions(from 2 to 8) in the Cartografía Minera layer are owned by Exploraciones Mineras Perreña S.A. de C.V., their original owner. But when reviewing the information in the public registry cards of the mine, these concessions indicate Metalúrgica Reyna S.A. de C.V. as the current concessionaire of since 2015. The set of concessions includes San Francisco Cajonos, Santiago Laxopa, Santo Domingo Xagacía and Santa María Yalina. For now, they can be seen in CartoMinMexo, or downloaded from the Cartografía Minera from datos.gob.mx: 2. La Sierra (Title: 216745), 3. Sierra Madre 1 (Title: 236168), 4. Sierra Madre 2 (Title: 236169), 5. Sierra Madre 3 (Title: 236170), 6. SIERRA MADRE 5 FRACCION 2 (Title: 236173), 7. SIERRA MADRE V FRACCION 1 (Title: 240648) and 8. SIERRA MADRE IV FRACCION 1 (Title: 240648).

There are 2 more concessions in the Cartografía Minera in the Sierra Norte region, totally outside of the district of Ixtlán: Solaga (Title: 221676) and Solaga II (Title: 228029). The Tarjeta del Registro Público marks a termination agreement between the origial concessionare and Don David Gold Mexico, S.A. de C.V., in June and May 2013 respectively. However, both concessions continue to appear in the 2018 Cartografía Minera. Additionally, the Solaga(Title:221676) is classified as cancelled.

In conclusion

We have shared the concerns that have arisen after reviewing, contrasting, and analyzing various public documents and documents of mining companies. The intention is that by means of these findings, the Secretaría de la Economía, the Cartografía Minera, and other official dependencies follow up their published data. In this way, citizens will have access to accurate and complete information.

Colorado College and CEUXHIDZA. Exchanging experiences 2018.

Visit to Teotitlán del Valle Thursday the 4th of October, Friday a visit to Capulalpam and a couple days of knowledge exchange in CEUXHIDZA de Santa María Yaviche.

Adobe: heavy and fragile

Spot_II Womens Encounter

The Second Womens Encounter: “Hacia una Educación por la Vida y la Dignidad”

On the 2nd of March, the Second Encounter of Women will take place. The encounter; “Hacia una Educación por la Vida y la Dignidad”, is organized by female members of the Sección 22 del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación, el Colectivo Mujeres Nuvea, unaffiliated women in solidarity, and the social orgaizations: EDUCA, Consorcio Oaxaca, CAMPO, Ojo de Agua and SURCO.

It will be a space of reflection and collective construction where there will be workshops, talks and coexistence. There will also be activities for children.

The event starts at 9:00 am at the CEPOS 22, located in Huerto Los Platanares 100, Universidad, Trinidad de las Huertas, Oaxaca.

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Presentation of students of the Northwest Indian College

This winter we started a new university program in SURCO with students at the Northwest Indian College, located in Bellingham Washington. It is a great pleasure to have students from the first nations of North America: Quinna Hamby of the Tuscarora(Skarure) Nation, and Mikaela Ponca Montoya of the Osage(Niakonska) Nation, who both presented a bit […]

This winter we started a new university program in SURCO with students at the Northwest Indian College, located in Bellingham Washington. It is a great pleasure to have students from the first nations of North America: Quinna Hamby of the Tuscarora(Skarure) Nation, and Mikaela Ponca Montoya of the Osage(Niakonska) Nation, who both presented a bit about the history and the situation of their peoples in the United States. The presentation was in English with translation into Spanish.

We were so glad to have these two students here with us at SURCO and we wanted to make space for them to share some of their experiences with you.

On the 18th, 19th and 20th of February of this year, we visited the community of Santa María Yaviche, to share experiences and knowledge with the community and with the students of the Centro de Estudios Universitarios Xhidza CEUXHIDZA.

You are cordially invited to the exposition that these students will have about their peoples.

Arizona and Oaxaca. A meeting through the university.

On Sunday March 3rd the students at the University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies had their first session of talks in Oaxaca at SURCO. On the 4th, 5th and 6th, the students traveled to Sierra Juárez to exchange experiences and knowledge with students from CEUXHIDZA. CEUXHIDZA hosted, and lent their facilities for the […]

On Sunday March 3rd the students at the University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies had their first session of talks in Oaxaca at SURCO.

On the 4th, 5th and 6th, the students traveled to Sierra Juárez to exchange experiences and knowledge with students from CEUXHIDZA. CEUXHIDZA hosted, and lent their facilities for the exchange.

Guelatao, a necessary stop.

The students also visited the birthplace of “benemerito de las Amiercas” Benito Juarez. Later, the Laguna Encantada, and finally the place of the photo.

Teotitlan and Elta. Locales of local knowledge.

Summer Program in Oaxaca

Looking to study abroad this summer? Join us in Oaxaca for the 20th edition of the Social and Environmental Justice program. The program is sponsored by the Univeristy of Kentucky and the University of Arizona and open to students from any university.

Looking to study abroad this summer? Check out the Social and Environmental Justice in Oaxacan! Students from all US universities are encouraged to apply. If you study outside the US and are interested in the program, please send an email to the program director, Oliver Froehling at oliver.froehling@gmail.com.

The capital city of Oaxaca acts as the home for this dynamic program, as we journey to a number of communities throughout the state exploring topics that include: land tenure, social justice struggles, “green” energy, mining, neoliberalism, identity politics, migration, eco-technologies, gender equality and identity, coffee production, social and artisan cooperatives, non-governmental organizations, etc. During the first five weeks of the program, classes are dedicated to these topics and to developing a small independent research project that you will carry out during the last few weeks of the program. Lecture based classes are limited, and many class hours are spent in the field, visiting with community leaders, activists, non-profit organizations, community radios, etc.

Assignments are interactive and flexible in nature, giving you the time and space to explore your personal and academic interests while in Oaxaca as you earn between 10 and 12 academic credits. The last three weeks of the program consist of an indepent research project on the subject of your choice. To see where the program took students this summer, check out this video from the 2017 program, and for more information about costs, dates, and class credits check out the UK and UA program application links below.

Planning early will allow you to take advantage of scholarship opportunities and purchase a plane ticket. Past students have found plane tickets for as low as $350 dollars round trip when booked in advance. For a full list of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, speak with your academic advisor or education abroad office.

Apply through the University of Arizona until Feb. 25th:(Arizona Application Link)

Apply through the University of Kentucky until May 1st: (Kentucky Application Link)