Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Domenici Bill Good for School.(Opinion)


A bill moving through Congress would transfer ownership of Santa Fe's Indian School from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to New Mexico's 19 pueblos.

The goal is to clear up some jurisdictional issues and prevent sale of the property. Both goals are worthy.

For most of us, the real benefit of the bill sponsored by Sen. Pete Domenici is that it would help preserve the school campus with its huge old cottonwoods. The Indian school and the adjacent New Mexico School for the Deaf and Fairview Cemetery are an oasis in Cerrillos Road's commercial desert.

The All Indian Pueblo Council, which would assume control of the 115-acre site, is already working on a master plan that would also preserve the school's graceful old buildings after a new campus is built on vacant land behind them. …

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