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learn about the history of the Atrisco Companies
and the Atrisco Land Grant

The Atrisco Heritage Foundation was created and is operated exclusively for the purposes of promoting and preserving the ancestral and cultural heritage of the general community of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the history of the Atrisco Land Grant. As a community partner we seek out opportunities to provide support to community members that serve to enhance their lives. We recognize that improving the conditions of a community may take many forms so we focus in areas such as economic development, education and cultural forms of betterment. The Atrisco Heritage Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) private operating foundation.

El Campo Santo, Inc. owns and operates Atrisco's three cemeteries: San Jose de Armijo, Santa Clara and Evangelico. The purpose of El Campo Santo is to assist families during a time of loss and a time of need. We aid our customers by providing a high level of service and support at an affordable price. Our commitment to service does not end with the funeral service. It is our objective to continue our service and commitment to the community by maintaining and improving the cemetery grounds so that future visits with loved ones can be enjoyed and experienced in the best possible manner. El Campo Santo, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (13) corporation.

Ascend Business Services was created to improve the back office operations of New Mexico Charter Schools. Ascend achieves this goal by providing CFO level competencies to our community’s charter schools thus increasing their ability to mitigate risk and scale student growth. Moreover, in a targeted fashion, Ascend attempts to disrupt the business service market for charter schools by supplying higher quality services and simultaneously reducing price points for services thus upending the current market norm. Ascend Business Services contributes to the operational efficiency of New Mexico Charter Schools and educational outcomes for its young students because it helps charter schools improve their operations, maximize the use of their lean budgets and grow their school populations. Ascend Business Services in currently pursuing status as a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.

Rio Grande Educational Collaborative offers academic based before and after school programming to children statewide. RGEC’s vision is to dedicate our organization to preparing children, family and community for life-long success. We provide pathways to success through the development, application and management of services to children from all walks of life. We utilize two education models to ensure a high quality and unique environment for our children. The E-Cubed Model enrichment model exclusive to our program, and the four corners teaching strategy. Our highly qualified program staff consistently receives professional development to ensure strong skill levels. We take all of these measures to ensure a creative and exciting way for children to learn while enjoying this supplemental part of their school day. The Rio Grande Educational Collaborative is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.

Atrisco Oil & Gas, LLC exists to explore and monetize the mineral rights of the Atrisco Land Grant. Energy resource development is not new to the land grant. The first commercial oil and gas development began on March 1920 when David J. Metzgar, then president of the Atrisco board of Trustees, signed the first lease to an outside interest to explore and develop oil and natural gas resources. In 2006, SunCal Companies, of Irvine, Calif., acquired Westland and while the surface lands were sold, mineral rights were retained by land grant shareholders. The Westland board decided to create a for-profit corporation for future oil and gas ventures with income and profits to be disbursed to the new unit holders of this company. Subsequently, from the land grant sale in 2006 a newly formed company spun out; Atrisco Oil & Gas, LLC.

Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque’s (MSA) mission is to promote culture, arts & excellence in art education demonstrating Albuquerque’s ethnic Heart & Soul. Through MSA a foundation for life-long participation in the arts is possible. MSA builds bridges for inter-cultural appreciation in the Mariachi musical genre by encouraging and allowing interested parties who want to learn and develop musical skills, allowing for an increase in understanding of this musical and cultural art form or by providing the opportunity to simply be entertained through concerts offered. All of this and much more can be achieved through programs and opportunities offered in MSA. MSA is continuously contributing to the cultural understanding and appreciation of folk and Mexican music. Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.

In 1598, nine years before the English settled Jamestown; the original settlers of Atrisco arrived with Don Juan de Onate, a Spanish explorer and colonial governor of New Spain (present day Mexico). The settlers, mostly Spaniards, farmed and raised livestock on the land located on the western bank of the Rio Grande and west of what would become “La Villa de Albuquerque.”

From the early 1600s, the colonists defended their land from raids by the Apache and Navajo tribes, but were finally driven out by the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. In 1692 the people of Atrisco were able to return to central New Mexico when The Atrisco Land Grant, 67,000 acres extending west from the Rio Grande to the Rio Puerco Rivers, was formally petitioned and granted by Spain.

The Atrisco Land Grant did not end the colonists’ need to safeguard their land for centuries against invaders, land grabbers, and governments. However, despite the numerous obstacles, the Atrisco Land Grant managed to survive and become one of the few New Mexico land grants that succeeded into the 21st Century.

The decline of farming in the early 1900s due to depleted grasslands in the middle Rio Grande, homesteading, and government land management marked the beginning of the Atrisco Land Grantees’ confrontation with new goals and challenges associated with the commercial growth of the city of Albuquerque.

These pressures were constant in subsequent years and ultimately the land was sold to a commercial developer in 2006. The Atrisco Heritage Foundation was then created to promote and preserve the history of the Atrisco Land Grant for future generations.


Today, there are approximately 50,000 Atrisco Land Grant heirs linked to the earliest settlers of this region. Atrisqueños are committed to preserve the rich history and sense of pride that began with their forefathers’ centuries earlier. Moreover, the legacy of the Atrisco Land Grant today continues through the development and operation of (5) five companies.

Each company has a tie to our land grant holdings or supports a mission consistent with our goals established after the land grant sale. Our companies strive to fulfill a mission defined by our newest generation of heirs. From our early pioneer days, to our present day companies we have prevailed over many hardships. We have succeeded mightily as a land grant and as early immigrants to this great country.

Today, our intentions are directed towards greater levels of success for future generations. Our companies support education, culture and economic development for the heirs and the community in general. The hard work and sacrifice of our forefathers has given us, today’s Atrisqueños, a great opportunity to represent an evolution of our people and a re-defining of our purpose within this community; a new breed of Atrisqueños.

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