NM pueblo seeks return of ancestral lands

January 14, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of an American Indian community in northern New Mexico are seeking the return of all land within the boundaries of the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve, citing the area as a “spiritual sanctuary” and part of their traditional homeland.

Jemez Pueblo filed a lawsuit in federal court last summer to establish its aboriginal right to ownership of the property, and the pueblo has gained the support of tribes throughout New Mexico.

The preserve is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America’s few super volcanoes, and one of New Mexico’s most famous elk herds. The federal government bought the property from land Login to read more

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