About Us

I love the song of the mockingbird Bird of four hundred voices, I love the color of ,
the jadestone And the intoxicating scent of flowers, But more than all I love my brother, man.

The poem was written by Nezahualcoyotl (1402-1472),a philosopher, warrior,
architect, poet and ruler of the city-state of Texcoco in pre-Columbian Mexico.

Indian Man


Tecuancoatl Ipan In Tecihuitl
 Rattlesnake in a Hailstorm

Born 1948, in the Coahuiltecan Sacred Land along the Rio Grande where the Peyote grows, to Maria Lara, a Tlaxcalteca, Chichimeca, Huichol Indian and Eduardo Herrera, a Tlaxcalteca and Coahuiltecan Indian.

He is married to Jo Ann Garcia and they have two children and six grandchildren. Ted is one of 3 Principle Speakers of the Tlaxcalteca Nation and Afilliated Tribes of Texas.

Retired in 1998 as the Kelly Air Force Base Program Manager for the Production Quality Program where he had oversight responsibilities for writing Policy and Procedures that governed over 5000 Air Craft Journeymen in 54 job skills.

In March 2000 started partnership with Mr. Hugh Fitzsimons raising Buffalo for ceremonial and economic development.

Ted presently serves on the following organizations:

• As an advocate for stakeholders of tribally owned land or land owned by Tribal members on the USDA/NRCS Texas State Technical Committee
• on the Mexico-North Research Network sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute addressing the life flow constrains of Indigenous people on both sides of the Rio Grande 
• As a consultant to the Texas Historical Commission on investigations of artifacts for disposition when uncovered by construction work on Texas highways.
• as the Coahuiltecan Nation's NAGPRA consultant with the Army Corp of Engineers at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
• on the Board of Friends of the Indigenous Elders
• on the Board of the Mantle Rock Cultural Center
• as the NAGPRA liaison with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

He is a member of:
• National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
• North American Iroquois Veterans Association
• Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth
• American Indian Alaska Native Employee Association Elder

In the past, has served as the Coahuiltecan Nation's liaison with UTSA on a language development program.
First Stewards on Climate Change
American Indian Science and Engineering Society Fellow
Ted is also the founder and Spiritual Leader of the Rio Grande Native American Church.

Development of Our Church

Our Coahuiltecan ancestors, were indigenous to the Rio Grande Plains of South Texas many of them were causalities of the Spanish invaders and their diseases during the Spanish North Eastern expansion in the 1600’s; more casualties followed with the American Western expanson in the1800’s.

Our Tlaxcalteca and Chichimeca Ancestors eventually became allies to the Spanish and were part of the Great Migration that started in 1591 and ended with many of our Ancestors settling in present Day Texas. During these many generations of cultural change our people managed to preserve our Medicinal Healing ways and Spiritual beliefs thru the passing down of oral history and Traditional use of our Sacred Medicine (Peyote). Today our Church is being organized in order to continue the restoration and preservation of our Tradtitonal Beliefs; this will be accomplished by the following:

a. Collect oral histories of our ancestors
b. Collect census, pictures and ancestral traditions
c. Establish library to house collection
d. Utilize ancestral history in religious ceremonies

a. Collect and organize our vocabulary
b. Develop vocabulary into instructional format
c. Teach our language to our Church attendees.
d. Utilize language in traditional ceremonies

a. Continue our birthright use of Peyote as medicine and in spiritual practice
b. Acquire ancestral homeland to ensure our Peyote legacy
c. Utilize land for conservation of Peyote
d. Harvest Peyote for Traditional Worship and Healing practices

a. Acquire land for ceremonial herd
b. Practice established land conservation
c. Practice traditional Bison conservationd. Maintain Bison Culture Spiritual Ceremonies

a. Restore traditional ceremonies
b. Establish Ceremonial Calendar
c. Instruct Church attendees on Ceremonial Calendar
d. Continue to observe Ceremonies

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Five Short generations ago, our Indigenous ancestors
were disappearing; so were the Bison.

Many of our ancestors were casualties of the European diseases introduced during the Spanish northern expansion in the 1600’s; more were casualties of the American western expansion in the 1800’s.  Later, more died during the Republic of Texas Indian Eradication Policy of the 1840’s. Today, many Texas historians declare us extinct.

Although our people are not extinct, we are Rare and Endangered.  The Buffalo nation, however, did not survive the chaos of those  times here in our homeland. Only the memories of the Bison were passed on from generation to generation.  Stories of a lifestyle where our people lived in harmony with the Bison are still with us.

Today, as the Spiritual Leader of the Rio Grande NAC, I am very honored to say that we are starting to relearn our language's, our ceremonial songs, and our dances. We also have access to Peyotal , our most sacred medicine (Peyote) as well as to Wa Ka Te, our 4-legged brothers and sisters, the Buffalo Nation.

As we move towards the restoration of our culture, we realize that this sacred undertaking cannot be fully accomplished alone.  Rio Grande NAC needs help with the development and formalization of our language, acquiring homeland where our medicine grows, and, most important, ensuring that our Bison families always have proper food and water.

If you would like to support the restoration and preservation of an Indigenous American Culture send your contributions to the Rio Grande NAC care of the undersigned.