Tribal leaders tour sacred areas of proposed national monument

May 2, 1014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KTSM) — Leaders from five Native American tribes: Ysleta de Sur Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo and the Fort Sill Apache Tribe toured several sacred sites in the proposed Organ-Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

The tour comes just weeks after the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) endorsed the proposed national monument in a joint resolution citing the profound spiritual and historic resources in the region and their enduring impact on Native American culture.

The resolution by APCG was unanimously ratified on March 19.

Friday’s tour was an opportunity for several tribal leaders from throughout the region to reconnect with and offer blessings for the proposed monument.

“The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region holds rich cultural connections for our tribe and for other Native tribes in New Mexico. We strongly support the National Monument proposal to protect both these public lands as well as our ability to access sacred sites within them,” said Ysleta del Sur Tribal Council Member Rafael “Shorty” Gomez.