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Deforesting the Sierra Madre

Thank you for your worthy article "Indigenous People Press for Rights," June 9. In speaking up for the rights of indigenous people, the author touches upon an urgent need.

In the Sierra Madre of western Mexico at this moment 60,000 Tarahumara, 5,000 Guarijio, 2,000 Mt. Pima, 15,000 Northern Tepehuan, and 15,000 Southern Tepehuan people are losing their mountain habitat to unsustainable logging, pulping, mining, and inappropriate development that they neither asked for nor wanted.

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It is essential that the unrecognized vital concerns of the indigenous people of the Sierra Madre be addressed and their rights respected. Anita Williams, Calexico, Calif.

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