Thu, 23 February 2017
This week US Senator Martin Heinrich joined the Taos Pueblo Warchief, outdoor guidesmen, and leaders from Northern New Mexico to celebrate the more than one and a half million acres of public lands in the region.
On Tuesday morning hundreds of people from around Taos packed themselves into a local brewery - the event was put on by a coalition of environmental groups and was touted as keeping public land in public hands. Of course we know that Senator Heinrich has been a long time advocate of public lands and since Trump took office there has been talk of privatizing those lands, and doing undoing the designation of two national monuments here in New Mexico that garnered protection from President Obama under the antiquities act about five years ago. One of those is the Oregon Mountains Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico and the other one is the Rio Grande del North National Monument near Taos which came about through a lot of hard work and collaboration between our tribal leaders on the pueblo, environmental groups, acequia associations, outdoor guides, town government, senator heinrich and of course obama. so to get things going, the war chief Curtis Sandoval from Taos Pueblo who’s duty it is to protect and manage natural resources for the tribe, opened the gathering with a prayer in his native tongue of Tiwa and then he went on to talk about how in uncertain times we have to stay united and work together.