TO THE AUTHORITIES OF THREE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES (MEXICAN STATE).

TO THE CIVIL SOCIETY.

TO THE MEDIA.

TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

PRESENT

The traditional, civil and agrarian authorities of the different Wixárika communities represented by the Wixárika Regional Council for the Defense of Wirikuta and the Wixárika Union of the Ceremonial Centers of Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit AC, gathered in the Town of Pueblo Nuevo in the community of Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán, municipality of Mezquitic, state of Jalisco, concerned about the attacks that we are experiencing against our heritage and cultural identity, analyzed and discussed the situation and the search for alternative solutions. However, to advance and consolidate our organizational process at the regional level and to assert our basic rights, we find it necessary that we be respected and that our rights be recognized as stipulated in our Constitution and in the international conventions ratified by our country, but above all we are troubled by some components and factors that hinder our process and regional organization, so for all the above we manifest and

WE PRONOUNCE:

FIRST. First we reiterate and acknowledge that beyond the groups and associations that currently exist and will one day come to be, the indigenous communities that make up the Wixárika People maintain their unity in a single voice, which is why we keep fighting so that our fundamental rights be recognized.

SECOND. Relative to our sacred place Wirikuta, that the demands that we have been putting forth be respected and attended to, i.e. cancellation of any and all existing mining concessions in both the sierra and the lowlands of Wirikuta and its area of influence.

Since the response of the Mexican state before the claim has been enlarge the problem rather than providing mechanisms to resolve it, as it has allowed the generation of disinformation campaigns and statements that contravene our collective interests through their municipal authorities, as is the case of Real de Catorce, as the current president Hector Moreno has generated misinformation that confuses the local inhabitants of the Wirikuta sacred territory, in that he has reiterated that the Wixárika People want to appropriate the land, goats and other assets of the locals, which is totally false information, thereby generating the creation of small groups that have declared verbally and in writing, indicating that they will prohibit access of the Wixárika People to their sacred territory of Wirikuta for the harvest of their sacred plant called peyote, for us the Hikuri, and the placement of our offerings, and all of this for us is an affront to our cultural identity and the destruction of an ancient culture as the Wixárika.

Thus we request that the Mexican State urgently intervene to remedy and eliminate any existing problems in the Wirikuta region and we especially urge the Mayor of Catorce, Hector Moreno, to not perturb the inhabitants of the Wirikuta region and the Wixárika People or in failing to do so, to proceed to remove him as a public servant for upsetting the public order.

Without neglecting the urgent needs of the inhabitants of Wirikuta, that is, we reiterate the obligation of the Mexican State to offer alternative and sustainable projects that will not affect the environment and the ecosystem.

THIRD. We demand the Mexican State go beyond anticipating any protection mechanisms to initiate and put in motion the process giving Wirikuta our sacred territory effective protection and recognition from UNESCO, not only attending to the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, but also to the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. However, in case the application of a Convention prevents the application of the other designation, we request that you take into account the consultation of the Wixárika People under the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent, contained in Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

FOURTH. Regarding the problem of Tatéi Haramara, we demand that measures be taken so that a free, prior and informed consent be made according to the ways in which the traditional communities that make up the Wixárika People make decisions before alienating the Wixárika People to their detriment, because we believe you should protect the entire Island of the King and not just small pieces that have been identified by the responsible agencies.

FIFTH. We demand and ask the Mexican State to encourage and stimulate programs and projects taking into account our demands and priority needs through their relevant ministries and not as is currently happening with the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) who unilaterally intervene in issues that are the responsibility of the indigenous communities that make up the Wixárika People. We refer to the subject of CULTURE. Therefore, we report that the development and operation of any project and/or program related to our Wixárika culture should be done with the approval and consent of the community assemblies of the Wixárika Peope and especially involving problems related to culture and sacred places, we request that the CDI NOT intervene, because this responsibility belongs to the Wixárika People.

SIX. That the Mexican government, rather than betrayal, fulfills and respects its word, the commitment of the Hauxa Manaka pact signed in 2008 between the national executive and the governors of five states of the republic, in the presence of the competent authorities of the Wixarika People.

SEVEN. Finally welcome to all the national and international community for their support and unconditional solidarity for our defense of Wirikuta, and we are making the call for continued solidarity with our cause, together moving forward in the defense of all human life on the planet.

ATTENTIVELY

June 28, 2013.

The competent authorities of the Wixárika People

C. Juan Torres Gonzalez

Commissariat of Communal Property, Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán, Jalisco.

C. Alejandro López Torres

Traditional Governor, Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán, Jalisco.

C. Alejandro Carrillo Enriquez

Supervisory Board, Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán, Jalisco.

C. Juventino Gonzalez De la Cruz

Supervisory Board of San Sebastian Teponahuaxtlán and Tuxpan, Jalisco.

Architect Rodolfo Salvador Lopez

Commissariat of Communal Property, San Andres Cohamiata, Jalisco.

C. Sebastian Carrillo Carrillo

Commissariat of Communal Property, Bancos de San Hipólito, Durango.

C. Juan Carrillo Carrillo

President, Wixarika Union of Ceremonial Centers of Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit, AC.

C. Eligio Aguilar Navarrete

Traditional Governor, Bancos de San Hipólito, Durango.