Having known both women, and a bit about Reyes Lopez Tijerina, I understand why they did not end up working with him or for the Alianza Federal de Mercedes.
Valentina Valdez: In March 1967, I came from Denver to work as a volunteer at the Alianza Federal de Mercedes, a national organization created to bring awareness about Spanish and Mexican land grants.
of California-Santa Barbara) looks at religious aspects of the message and career of Tijerina, the leader of the grassroots Hispano land rights organization Alianza Federal de Mercedes
Reales during the Chicano movement of the 1960s in New Mexico.
Through actions like the 1967 shootout and the "citizens' arrest for trespassing" of Forest Service officials at a federal campground, the members of the Alianza Federal de Mercedes
(Federal Alliance of Land Grants) demanded the return of millions of acres of Forest Service-administered land.