PART 6 of A WHITE PAPER GUIDE TO HB724
SUPPLEMENT #5 hashtag #whitepaperhb724
DATED JULY 28, 2014
UNCLAIMED MINERAL PROCEEDS COMMISSION IN ITS HISTORICAL MISSION
March 21, 2014/April 25, 2014
BY MR. GEORGE FARIAS
PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE TO REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF THE DESCENDANTS OF LAND GRANTEES.
Land issues have been a historic problem in New Mexico with the descendants of Spanish and Mexican
land grantees accusing the state and the federal government of appropriating their ancestral lands illegally.
Minerals seem to be a minor issue and may belong to the state.
In 2003, The New Mexico Legislature formed The Interim Land Grant Committee to advocate for the
descendants and to protect their interests. Since then various laws have been enacted to strengthen the
legal rights of descendants. In addition, an administrative unit of the state was formed called The Land
Grant Council with numerous functions but apparently to also serve as the support unit for the legislature.
Information on the committee and council can be found on the Internet. To locate, Google Interim Land
Grant Committee+New Mexico.
It is proposed that the HB724 Commission recommend that the Texas Legislature form such a
committee to similarly protect the interests of citizens whose ancestors were land grantees including
descendants from Spanish and Mexican land grantees. Since the HB724 Unclaimed Mineral Proceeds
Commission will be abolished June 1, 2015, the proposed legislative committee would assume the
responsibilities of the commission, regardless of the outcome of the present study.
Instead of an administrative unit to support the legislative committee, at an additional cost to the state,
it is proposed that The Land Grant Justice Association Inc., a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization, (TLGJA)
assume the support role. This aspect of the legislative unit would be predicated on the inclination of TLGJA
to participate and by approval of their board of directors. It is proposed, that if TLGJA assumes this
responsibility, it will represent the interests of all land grant descendants regardless of their legal representation.
A visit by a delegation of Texas legislators to their counterparts in New Mexico to study the Interim
Land Grant Committee and its operations might be in order.
July 28, 2014
Author George Farías blogged and used by permission Please note: these are Mr. Farias' personal presentations to the HB724 commission as a descendant/heir and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else. They are a matter of public record.
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