The Tigua Native Americans: Progress Ministry Spotlight

September 29, 2020

The Tigua Native American Ministry helps to preserve the presence, identity, and diversity of the people of Ysleta del Sur. The ministry fosters continued spiritual growth and formation, while empowering the Tigua to live in harmony with both their Catholic and Native spirituality.

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo ("the Pueblo") is a federally recognized Native American tribe and sovereign nation. The Tribal community known as "Tigua" established Ysleta del Sur in 1682 after leaving their homelands of the Quarai Pueblo due to drought. The Tigua sought refuge at Isleta Pueblo and were later captured by the Spanish during the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and forced to walk south for over 400 miles. Ysleta, Texas has been home to the Tigua people for over 300 years.

You can support the Tigua Ministry with a contribution to the Catholic Ministry Appeal or by contacting Progress Coordinator Martha Marmolejo at the Foundation at or 915-872-8412. Contact Tigua Native American Ministry Director Mike Lara at 915-859-9848 or

Photos by Joe Najera

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