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Taos Pueblo leader attends signing of new national monument


Last updated 5/25/2013 at 11:35am

Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico.

RIO GRANDE DEL NORTE, NM—Samuel Gomez, the war chief for Taos Pueblo, was in Washington, D.C., on March 25, as U.S. President Barack Obama proclaimed a new national monument near the tribe’s reservation in northern New Mexico.

The Río Grande del Norte National Monument covers more than 240,000 acres of federal land. The site includes historic Pueblo sites and petroglyphs that date back thousands of years.

“This extraordinary landscape of extreme beauty and daunting harshness is known as the Río Grande del Norte, and its extraordinary array of scientific and historic resources offer opportunities to develop our understanding of the forces that shaped northern New Mexico, including the diverse ecological systems and human cultures that remain present today,” the president said in his proclamation.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited the area on March 30. It was his last visit to New Mexico before he left the current administration.


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