Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Jicarillas Acquire 5,680 New Acres.

Byline: Morgan Lee Journal Staff Writer

Housing Units, School Planned

The Jicarilla Apache Tribe added 5,680 new acres on Tuesday to its northern New Mexico reservation, pledging to use part of the land for a new elementary school, health care facilities and much-needed housing.

The Jicarilla reservation, about 20 miles wide and 63 miles long, spans 843,399 acres in trust land with the new acquisition. The land includes valuable oil and timber reserves the tribe has tapped for income.

Despite these resources, the tribe has remained eager to acquire property near Dulce, the capital city and population center, to extend roads and utilities and expand affordable housing.

"The irony is that we have over 800,000 acres of land and we have no land available to build homes," said Jicarilla Apache President Claudia Vigil-Muniz. …

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