Resolution: Calling on New Mexico Public Education Department To Ensure that a thorough and complete curriculum of Hispano history is included in our history books
WHEREAS LULAC is our Nation's oldest, largest and most respected Hispano civil rights organization addressing education, employment, economic parity and social justice issues in the United States of America since 1929; and
WHEREAS our incredible story and history has not been accurately taught or illustrated in our New Mexico Public schools, books or school projects and programs; and
WHEREAS Unfortunately Hispanics have been often maligned, due in part to an incomplete knowledge of our history by the dominant culture and children have been deprived of their own heritage through this; and
WHEREAS Hispanos have been residing in the Americas since 1492 and brought the first cattle, bulls, horses, mules, sheep, goats, pigs, plows, farming and ranching tools, acequia and water management expertise and techniques, vegetable seeds and seedlings, fruit tree seeds and seedlings, the first Vaqueros, the farming industry, the ranching industry and the agricultural industry that has served as the economic engine for the United States of America, all of the Americas and in fact, the economic engine to the world; and
WHEREAS not only has this industry served as the economic engine to the world but this tremendous over 500 year history has served as the foundation to better feed the world when Hispanos shipped all this farming, ranching and agricultural technology all over the world on very sophisticated and multi layered cargo ships; and
WHEREAS New Mexico is home to the first Spanish settlements in the United States and is the only state in the Union that treats the English and Spanish languages with "Perfect Equality", and New Mexico serves as the "Birthplace" for the Hispano population and community in the United States; and
WHEREAS Hispanos have maintained a militia here in New Mexico since 1598 and we have fought in every war, battle and conflict this country has ever engaged in since 1598 to include the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and every war since; and
WHEREAS New Mexico has served as the catalyst and leading state in the country for Hispano, Native American and minority rights, laws, privileges and perfect equality in everyday life and living; and
WHEREAS Hispanos continue to contribute the very fabric, technology, research and development of our state and nation in all areas of education, employment, economic development, technological advances, all professions, inventions, culture & entertainment, and all areas of social justice since for thousands of years on our maternal side and since 1598 on our paternal side; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY NEW MEXICO & NATIONAL LULAC that our rightful and accurate history be integrated and taught in all of our schools, colleges and universities and that accurate books written by New Mexico authors and professors be used to teach our youth the truth about our history and our leading role in the discovery, exploration and development of the United States of America and all of the Americas.
Approved this 30th day of June 2012.
LULAC National President