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Above: Woman from Pino Gordo uses a metate to prepare meals. Those who live on this ejido, or communal farm, have no water and no utilities. About 300 children lack access to schools. They live in small wooden houses scattered through thousands of acres of pine forest, oak savanna, and canyon land, where life is harsh and the vistas are stunningly beautiful. The day after we arrived in Pino Gordo, the Mexican Army showed up and set up camp within an intimidatingly close distance. Left: Cleaning corn during a crop rotation workshop for local farmers. Observer photographer Alan Pogue and Austin attorney D’Ann Johnson, a member of the board of the Texas Democracy Foundation, publisher of the Observer, traveled to Chihuahua in August. On December 6, Randall Gingrich, founder of the women’s blockade, the campaign to free Isidro Baldenegro, and ecotourism in the Sierra Madre. For more information about SMA and their efforts to support indigenous rights and local economic development projects, see http://www.sierrarnadreall iance. org . 8 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 11/7/03