T A Raiders

Evangeline Chavez 2012

The Alianza Federal de Mercedes, led by Reies Tijerina, raided the Rio Arriba County Courthouse in 1967. Attempting to make a citizen’s arrest of the district attorney “to bring attention to the unscrupulous means by which government and Anglo settlers had usurped Hispanic land grant properties”, an armed struggle in the courthouse ensued resulting in Tijerina and his group fleeing to the south with two prisoners as hostages. Eulogio Salazar, a prison guard, was shot and Daniel Rivera, a sheriff’s deputy, was badly injured. The National Guard, FBI and New Mexico State Police successfully pursued Tijerina, who was sentenced to less than three years.

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~ by Evangeline Art Photography on September 16, 2012.

2 Responses to “T A Raiders”

  1. Nice history lesson thanks

  2. Thank you for the history! My maiden name was Salazar..

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