“For we have destroyed by our evil behavior such a government as was enjoyed by these natives…..

When they discovered we had thieves amongst us, and men who sought to force their wives and daughters to commit sin with them, they despised us. But now they have come to such a pass in offense of God, owing to the bad example we have set them in all things, that these natives from doing no evil have changed into people who now do no good or very little….I beg God to pardon me, for I am moved to say this, seeing that I am the last to die of the conquistadores and discoverers….."

From the will of Mansio Serra de Leguizamon
Conquistador with Spanish Expedition of Pizzaro 1530’s



Since time immemorial thousands of indigenous people lived, died and were buried in present day Bexar County. Today there are hundreds of active local, state and federal construction projects throughout San Antonio, Texas with the potential of unearthing Native American human remains. And although most Government Agencies have Protocols to follow when Human remains are uncovered on the work sites, there is no cemetery to serve as a final resting place for unearthed Native American human remains and their Artifacts.

In the last 10 years I have asked local, state and federal agencies to set aside a Quarteracre to serve as a final resting place for the Native American Human remains and their Artifacts, but I have not had any positive responses. This year I am asking the various religious and civic communities in and around San Antonio to contribute at least a Quarter acre of land to be fenced and to serve as a cemetery. This will ensure that Native American human remains and artifacts that are dug up in Bexar County will not end up in some display case, or as a study specimen or auctioned off over the internet. Our Native American Ancestors should be shown the same respect and dignity that other Americans have come to take for granted once their loved ones are laid to rest.

Ted Herrera
Tlaxcalteca, Chichimeca, Coahuilteco, Huichol
Spiritual Leader
Rio Grande Native American Church


God of the dead and the Lord of Mictlan, the lowest and northernmost section of the underworld. He was one of the principal gods of the Aztecs.

The most prominent of several gods and goddesses of death and the underworld. He is frequently represented as a skeleton with bloody spots. He is married to Mictlancihuatl (Lady of Mictlan).

 Nauhatl Deities Produced and Researched by Julia Flood.  

We are presently seeking funds for the projects listed on the left of this screen.
Please mail your donations to:

Rio Grande Native American Church
P.O.BOX 460346
San Antonio,Tx 78246
A Receipt will be promptly issued in the amount of your generous donation.


There presently  250  homes in the Traditional Huichol community of San Andres Cohamiata, Mpio. Mezquitic, high in the Sierra Madre mountains in the state of Jalisco, MX. These homes are without electricity, after a full day of tending their fields and animals, and preparing meals the women will continue working on their traditional embrodary and the men will work on their seed beading art by candlelight. That is why we are launching our "One Light Bulb per Home" project.

The average cost for a 40 Watt Amorphous Solar Panel to provide enough solar power for one 60 watt bulb per home is $300.00. We plan to start with the  San Jose ranchera where there are presently 50 families. This one light bulb per home will not only extend their productivity time but improve the quality of life for the entire family. Please help us bring light into this wonderful community.

If you are not able to donate the $15,000 needed to complete the project, please donate what you can. We are a 501(c)(3) Church so your donations will be Tax Deductible. Bless you and thank you for your generosity.
En Dios

Brothers and Sisters in the Medicine.

This letter brings greetings and best wishes to you from the Rio Grande Native American Church. This introductory letter was crafted after many hours of prayers and contemplation. It is our hope that it will be received in a good way by you. Northeastern Mexico. Our Tlaxcalteco, Chichimeca, Huichol and Coahuiltecan ancestors have been Medicine practitioners since time immemorial. Now their spirits are urging our leaders to protect our sacred medicine Kop (peyote). They are reaching out to us thru our dreams and prayers, asking us to preserve our sacred medicine lands so that our future generations may continue our Medicine way.

That is why, we wish to inform you that we plan to utilize our Church, a 501© (3) IRS designated Religious Public Charity, to contact those entities that might impact our Spiritual life or death struggle in a positive manner. Our long term plan is to acquire some of our sacred land and to collaborate with institutions that can provide our church with method’s to propagate the medicine on that land. We ask for your prayers and blessings on this crucial undertaking.
En Dios.
Ted Herrera - Spiritual Leader

Sacred Conservation

Since time Immemorial our Indigenous ancestors who lived on both sides of the present day Rio Grande in south Texas harvested our Creator-given medicine Peyote for physical ailments as well as a sacred medicine for worshiping. Today there is a huge increase in the demand for peyote due to the spread of the Native American Church and its growing membership and only four south Texas counties with harvestable populations of Peyote.

Along with the increase in demand driven by the growing numbers of Native American Church Members there are some negative Impacts on our Peyote medicine such as: Rustling, Over Harvesting, Oil/Gas Companies Leasing Acreage and denying access to land, Land owners clearing land and plowing under plants, Severe Weather Conditions, and improper Harvesting.

Of the Negative Impacts stated above the only impact we can try to control is improper harvesting. If a Harvester pulls a peyote plant by the roots that will result in certain death for that plant; if a plant is cut down to the true root tissue (below the underground stem) that will also kill the plant.

The proper way to harvest Peyote is to clear around the base of the plant to get a clean cut at ground level. This means cutting the plant horizontally just at the base of the green top, leaving the underground part of the stem unharmed. This will result in a high rate of survival of the harvested plants (about 90%) and re-growth of two to three pups on average from the underground stem of each harvested plant.

Ted Herrera has been informing American Indian audiences locally and across the country for over 10 years on the plight of the Peyote.

14 Jul. 2004, Buffalo, NY
6 Dec. 2004, Las Vegas, NV
4 Dec. 2005, Las Vegas, NV
4 Dec. 2006, Las Vegas, NV
26 Aug. 2007, Corpus Christi, TX
10 Dec. 2007, Las Vegas, NV
7 Dec. 2008, Las Vegas, NV
10 Aug. 2008, Spokane, WA
12 Jul. 2009, Green Bay, WI
7 Dec. 2009, Las Vegas, NV
7 Jun. 2010, Traverse City, MI
8 Jun. 2010, Rapid City, SD
12 Oct. 2010, Shawnee, OK
6 Dec. 2010, Las Vegas, NV
2 Nov. 2010, Rio Grande City, TX
5 Dec. 2011, Las Vegas, NV
15 Jan. 2011, Anadarko, OK
5 Aug. 2011, UT Austin, Austin TX
12 Sep. 2011, Temecula, CA (N/A)
17 Sep. 2011, Lawton, OK
11 Feb. 2012, Mirando City ,TX
17 Jul. 2012, Wash. D.C.
27 Aug. 2012, Green Bay, WI
24 Oct. 2012, DRT Luncheon, San Antonio, TX

17 Dec. 2012, Cyril, OK
2 Feb. 2013, Los Bexeranos, San Antonio, TX
3 Mar. 2013, Cyril , OK
4-7 Mar. 2013, Shawnee, OK
12-16 Aug. 2013, El Paso, TX
18-20 Sep. 2013, Oneida Nation , WI
24-28 Aug. 2014, Fond Du Lac Reservation, MN
20 Sep. 2014, San Fernando Cemetery, S.A. ,TX
24 Sep. 2014, Venado Park TX.
25 Oct. 2014, Seguin,TX
2 Nov. 2014, Von Army TX
2-7 Nov. 2014, Atmore, Al.
23 Nov. 2014, Grace Lutheran Church, S.A. TX
25 Nov. 2014,Temple TX.
27 Mar. 2015, Casa Espana, S. A. TX
9 Jun. 2015, Goldthwaite, TX
20 Mar. 2016, Chickasaw Nation, OK
25 June 2016 Republic of Texas Museum, Austin TX
13 August 2016, Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin TX
1 October 2016, Prairie Experience VII, Goldthwaite, TX
8 October 2016, SAGA Conference Corpus Christi, TX