On February 2, 1848, officials from the United States and the Republic of Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at Guadalupe Hidalgo, a city north of the capital where the Mexican government fled with the advance of U.S. forces, thus ending the Mexican-American War. On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, from noon to 2 p.m. the UNM Land Grant Program is organizing, Treaty Day Commemoration at the New Mexico State Legislature, also in conjunction with pending legislation. The event is being held in the Rotunda.

Joseph Sánchez, director of the Spanish Colonial Research Center, a partnership of the National Park Service and the University of New Mexico, has been asked to deliver a keynote speech for the event. His keynote is, "Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Land Grants, and Hispanic Heritage in New Mexico."


noon: Music by El Lince Norteño

1p.m.: Welcome
Gilbert Ferrán, President, N.M. Land Grant Consejo

1:05 p.m.: Update on state legislation and N.M. Land Grant Council
Juan Sánchez, Chair, N.M. Land Grant Council

1:10 p.m.: Update on federal legislation
Arturo Archuleta, staff, N.M. Land Grant Council

1:15 p.m.: Rep. Miguel García
Co-Chair, Interim Land Grant Committee

1:25 p.m.: Keynote address
Joseph Sánchez, Director, Spanish Colonial Research Center

1:45 p.m.: Comments by land grant heirs
Francisco "Comanche" Gonzales, Cristóbal de la Serna Land Grant
Manny Sánchez, Chihʼene Nde Nation of New Mexico

2 p.m.: Conclusion

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu