‘This is our land’: New Mexico’s tribal groups gear up to fight for their home | US news | The Guardian

‘This is our land’: New Mexico’s tribal groups gear up to fight for their home | US news | The Guardian – The Trump administration’s decision to review the designation of the Rio Grande del Norte monument, as well as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks range 300 miles south toward Las Cruces, is bringing together a coalition of tribal leaders, sportsmen, ranchers, business owners and conservationists in opposition.

To many here, Zinke’s review is the first step in turning over monuments to become open federal land – which could in turn be transferred to state trust lands required to generate income for the state, often through mining and drilling for gas and oil.

There is broad agreement among the tribal councils representing the reservations and pueblos in the Rio Grande valley, among them Zuni, Navajo, Santo Domingo and Mescalero Apache, that the Del Norte and Organ Mountain monument designations must be maintained. To do otherwise would be to gut a rare advance in trust and co-operation.

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