The Altar Valley west of Tucson is one of the few unfragmented desert grasslands left in Arizona. It stretches more than 600,000 acres, from the Sierrita Mountains to the Baboquivari Mountains, and comprises working ranches and the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.
The recent dismantling of Mexican American Studies in the Tucson
Unified School District represents the convergence of two
disturbing trends in Arizona: 1) the systematic assault on Mexican
society and culture and 2) the starvation of public education at
all levels across the state.