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Lunch & Learn with Arturo Archuleta & Jacobo Baca

October 24, 2018

"Law and New Mexico Community Land Grants-Mercedes"

The Utton Center and the Natural Resources & Environmental Law Program co-host this Lunch & Learn lecture featuring Jacobo D. Baca, Research Historian for the New Mexico Land Grant Council and professor in the Chicana & Chicano Studies Department at UNM, and Arturo Archuleta, program manager for the New Mexico Land Grant Council and the UNM Land Grant Studies Program.

In this lecture, professors Baca and Archuleta explain the history and foundation of community land grants or mercedes and their importance when New Mexico became a state.

About the Speakers

Jacobo D. Baca is a land grant heir and was raised in an acequia parciante. He has studied and taught courses about mercedes and acequias for nearly twenty years. He holds Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in history from the University of New Mexico. Currently, he serves as the Research Historian for the New Mexico Land Grant Council and teaches for the Chicana & Chicano Studies Department at UNM.

Arturo Archuleta is the program manager for the New Mexico Land Grant Council and the University of the New Mexico Land Grant Studies Program. He holds a Master's Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico and has been working in Spanish and Mexican community land grants for over 15 years.