Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Churches Group Backs Pueblo on West Sandias.(New Mexico)

Byline: Leslie Linthicum Journal Staff Writer

* Panel recognizes use of mountain for religious purposes

Who owns the west face of the Sandia Mountains is an issue of religious freedom that should be settled quickly in Sandia Pueblo's favor, according to the New Mexico Conference of Churches.

The conference on Monday threw its support behind Sandia Pueblo in the pueblo's yearslong effort to have the mountainside included within its official boundaries.

The Rev. Barbara Dua, executive secretary of the Conference of Churches, said the conference recognizes the pueblo's longstanding use of the mountain for religious purposes.

The conference has sent letters to Sen. …

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