PRESS RELEASE

Mexico City. February 7, 2013.

WIRIKUTA

SACRED PLACE FUNDAMENTAL TO THE SURVIVAL OF THE WIXARIKA PEOPLE AND TO HUMANITY

CONTINUES TO BE SERIOUSLY THREATENED BY THE IMPUNITY OF MINING AND AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRIES.

Despite attempts to divide us, the Wixarika people maintain a single voice: “The cancellation of all mining concessions.” And they hereby inform President Peña Nieto that their survival as a people depends on it.

They demand that the Federal Government act to stop the disinformation campaign launched by the municipal government of Real de Catorce and the mining company First Majestic Silver.

They announce the launch of a new stage of struggle with a series of dialogues with Wirikuta residents, scientists and the federal government.

They demand a plan for regional economic recovery, based on respect for human and territorial rights of the people of the desert and the Wixárika people.

Once again, a year after the mass ceremony that brought together the Wixárika people at Cerro del Quemado, the word of the Wixárika people expressed by traditional and agrarian authorities, legitimate representatives and bearers of the words of the communal assemblies, formally express themselves in their words of struggle and dignity. “We the Wixárika people, firmly maintain our way of defending and protecting one of the most important pillars of the world, which is in the highlands of San Luis in the region known as Wirikuta” and warn that their demands are “so serious and important that all our people from over 500 ceremonial centers unite in asking for mining concessions to be canceled.”

They note that the federal government should reconstruct the governance of the region, in which the collective human rights of the ejidatarios of the region and the Wixárika people to health, a healthy environment and to their own cultural way of life are respected fully, and “this destructive mining or agribusiness does not have a place.”

Wirikuta is our life

The communities represented by the Regional Council Wixárika herein will report to Chief of the implications of allowing Mexican destruction Wirikuta “is the basis of knowledge from our elders and elders that convey to children and youth. It is the basis of the schedule of our traditional authorities, civil and agricultural. That is, is the basis of absolutely all social fabrics of our people “

Our people are standing up to fight

With an account of the actions that have been carried out as a people, they reiterate their fundamental demands, which were expressed in an Urgent First Letter to the President of Mexico and to the peoples and governments of the world, delivered on May 9, 2011.

- The cancellation of mining concessions as the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) lays out in its recommendation 56/2012 to be illegal, which recommendation incidentally was accepted in its entirety by the federal authorities.

- The immediate halt of the agroindustrial companies that are illegally destroying hundreds of hectares.

- The inclusion of Wirikuta on the listing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, removing the absurd nomination made by the previous administration for recognition as intangible heritage only.

The law is on our side

They also reiterate the responsibility of the Mexican government to enforce international conventions and national resources that protect the rights of indigenous peoples, highlighting the San Andrés Accords, signed by the Federal Government and which to date have not been recognized on a constitutional level.

Ecological fragility of the region

It is impossible to hide the serious damage caused to ecosystems and local populations by the severe pollution of aquifers that are overexploited and contaminated. The presence of heavy metals has been documented, along with the serious risks of implementing destructive mining operations.

Wirikuta deserves to be a world-class protected area

They again state their position on the unfinished process of decree of a federal reserve in the form of a Biosphere Reserve:

- That a decree of a reservation must take an expressly bio-cultural approach

- That it be based on the full recognition of indigenous rights and culture

- That any metal mining activity be prohibited in all its forms

- That the fundamental human rights of the individual and collective peoples occupying that territory, whether on a farm, as is the case of the eijidos of the region, or whether it be traditional as in the case of all the communities Wixaritari communities where they live in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Durango.

The Regional Wixárika Council demands action by the Mexican state to stop the hate and disinformation campaign undertaken by the municipal government of Real de Catorce and the mining company First Majestic Silver, noting that the campaign “is based on a series of lies as to how the land rights of ejidatarios will be affected, and that like the Wixaritari, they will keep their land. This has evolved during stressful conditions that could lead to violent actions and harassment of our people.”

ATTENTIVELY

“The Wixárika Regional Council for the Defense of Wirikuta”

Mexico, D.F., February 7, 2013

For Wautüa and Manuka-San Sebastián Kururri Teponahuaxtlán and Tuxpan de Bolaños

Octaviano Díaz Chema

President of the Commissariat of Communal Property

Juventino González de la Cruz

President of the Supervisory Council

Venustiano Vázquez Navarrete

Suplente del Gobernador Tradicional

José Carrillo de la Cruz

Commissioner

Juan Pablo Sanchez Enriquez

Commissioner

For Tuapurie – Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán

Aniceto Torres Robles

Community Representative

For Uweni Muyewe – Bancos de San Hipolito

Santos de la Cruz Carrillo

President of the Commissariat of Communal Property

Eligio Aguilar Navarrete

Traditional Governor