Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pueblo Wants Rio Rancho in on Movie Projects.

Byline: Juliet V. Casey Journal Staff Writer

Zia Feels Cooperation Will Boost Business

The typical golden New Mexico landscape beneath indigo skies streaked with sunlit clouds isn't a scene Zia Pueblo takes for granted.

The tribe for 15 years has lured high-rolling movie and commercial advertising producers to the reservation to film against the pueblo's scenic backdrop.

Now, tribal officials hope to recruit Rio Rancho to their team to attract more Hollywood projects.

"If we partner, we could refer projects to one another," Zia Tribal Administrator Peter Pino said Thursday. "Rio Rancho could have more hotels and stores for the operations and Zia could provide the backdrop. …

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