Environment: New Era in Indian Affairs

To the Taos Pueblo Indians of New Mexico, the land is both religion and church. Since the 13th century they have particularly venerated Blue Lake in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. For them, Blue Lake is roughly analogous to Catholicism's Vatican or Judaism's Zion. But the tribe has owned neither land nor lake since 1906, when Teddy Roosevelt took them over as part of Carson National Forest. Although the House of Representatives has passed legislation in the past two years to right the old wrong, the measure has always been killed in the Senate Interior Committee.

Last week, much to the delight...

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