New US citizens naturalized at Aztec ruins

June 8, 2013 • State News

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Ten immigrants have been naturalized as U.S. citizens at an Aztec Ruins National Monument ceremony.

The Farmington Daily-Times reports ( that the newest citizens took an [auth] oath of allegiance Friday at the monument’s Great Kiva.

Christina Armijo, a chief U.S. district judge who presided over the ceremony, says the kiva was the spiritual and community center for the people who lived in the ruins in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The new citizens were from Canada, Ecuador, Honduras, Germany and Mexico.

The Aztec Ruins National Monument are part if ancestral Pueblo structures named by settlers who mistakenly believed that they were built by the Aztecs from present-day Mexico.

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