Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pueblo Boundary at Crest, Ruling Says.

Byline: Leslie Linthicum Journal Staff Writer

Sandia's Legal Victory Issued Under Clinton

Sandia Pueblo's eastern boundary is at Sandia Mountain's crest, according to a legal opinion issued in the last hours of the Clinton presidency.

The opinion is a victory for Sandia Pueblo, which has fought for recognition of the crest as its eastern edge.

It is a blow for a coalition of property owners and sportsmen who believe the 10,000-acre mountain face should remain Cibola National Forest land without special privileges for pueblo members.

In an opinion issued late Friday, then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and then-Solicitor John Leshy, an Interior Department attorney, held off ordering a new survey of the pueblo's boundaries to establish the Sandia Mountain crest as the pueblo's eastern edge. …

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