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La Jicarita Papers

Identifier: MSS-1107-BC

Scope and Contents

The collection focuses on environmental and social justice issues in northern New Mexico that Kay Matthews, her partner, Mark Schiller, and their publication, La Jicarita News researched and publicized. The collection is divided into 7 series:

  • Acequias/Water Adjudication: Aamodt adjudication, Abeyta adjudication, San Luis Valley water wars, lawsuits, water rights, water transfers, Taos County Regional water plan.

  • Forestry and Grazing: Ernest Atencio publications on environmental justice, collaborative stewardship, forest restoration projects, Forest Service permitting protests, lawsuits, projects.

  • Land Grants: Activism, GAO report, Town of Las Trampas.

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory: Nuclear workers compensation, lawsuits, Pajarito settlers, Bechtel, Regional Coalition of LANL Communities.

  • Native Americans: Sandia Pueblo land claim, Picuris Pueblo mica mine.

  • Miscellaneous: La Jicarita, Miranda Canyon, Abiquiu, Mora County drilling, Rio Arriba agricultural ordinance.

  • Media: Interviews with individuals including Ike DeVargas, Leonard Lucero (USFS), Chellis Glendinning, Tom Udall, Moises Gonzales, Navajo Sam, Crockett Dumas, Jerry Rodriguez, Estevan Lopez, Max Cordova, Joanie Berde, Diana Trujillo, Felipe Cordova, Robin Collier (KRZA), Joe Gutierrez, Michael Wolfson, Moises Morales, Richard Rosenstock, Mark Schiller. Also, footage of El Rito demonstration and Ike in the woods.
  • Dates

    • 1990-2019


    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research. Mini DVs will need to be reformatted prior to patron access.

    Copy Restrictions

    Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

    Background Information

    Kay Matthews is a freelance journalist, publisher, and editor of La Jicarita, a journal of environmental politics. She and her partner, Mark Schiller, started La Jicarita in 1996 as the print newspaper of Rio Pueblo/Rio Embudo Watershed Protection Coalition, a watchdog group. The paper soon expanded to investigate environmental and social justice issues across northern New Mexico: loss of agricultural lands to development; transfer of water out of agricultural use; loss of grasslands to forest encroachment; loss of biodiversity due to fire suppression; lack of community access to forest resources; and the continuing decline in community stability due to lack of economic opportunity and attendant social problems. The paper is now published online. Matthews lives on a farm in El Valle, NM where she served as an acequia commissioner for many years.


    3 boxes (2.25 cu. ft.)

    Language of Materials



    The collection focuses on environmental and social justice issues in Northern New Mexico.


    7 Series:
  • Acequias/Water Adjudication
  • Forestry and Grazing
  • Land Grants
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Native Americans
  • Miscellaneous
  • Media
  • Related Archival Material

    Sam Hitt Forest Guardians (Santa Fe, N.M.) Collection. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.

    Richard Rosenstock legal papers pertaining to La Compañía Ocho. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs have been transferred to La Jicarita Photograph Collection.

    Master digital audio and video files are stored on CSWR file server.
    Finding Aid of La Jicarita Papers
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    Repository Details

    Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

    University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
    University Libraries, MSC05 3020
    1 University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque NM 87131