Reies Lopez Tijerina, leader of the Tierra Amarilla courthouse raid, dies at 88

Reies Lopez Tijerina, the land grant advocate who led the infamous raid on the Tierra Amarilla courthouse in 1967, died yesterday at age 88.

The Albuquerque Journal has this obituary, written by Colleen Heild and Thom Cole.

If you would like to know more about Mr. Tijerina and the land grant movement, I recommend Tijerina and the Courthouse Raid by Peter Nabokov, which I read last year. The book describes the background of the land grant movement in northern New Mexico, and Mr. Tijerina’s organization, the Alianza Federal de Mercedes, which sought to restore ownership of the land grants to the descendants of the original owners.

In New Mexico, history is never over.

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