Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ruling Reversed For Tribe.

Byline: Morgan Lee Journal Staff Writer

Jicarilla Apaches Can't Add Ranch to Reservation

The Bureau of Indian Affairs in Albuquerque must reconsider its decision to add a 32,000-acre ranch in Rio Arriba County to the Jicarilla Apache reservation, a federal appeals board has ruled.

The Feb. 6 decision leaves in legal limbo the luxury hunting and fishing ranch the Jicarillas own.

Concerned about shrinking property tax rolls, Rio Arriba County appealed a 1999 decision to give federal trust status to the Lodge at Chama, the property formerly known as the Chama Land and Cattle Co. that was purchased in 1995 by the Jicarillas.

The Interior Board of Indian Appeals in Arlington, Va. …

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