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Our Land: Cochiti Pueblo Opposes National Monument Expansion


March 13, 2020 – On a recent episode of Our Land, we talked about public lands in New Mexico. They hold different meanings for different people, including each of the state’s American Indian tribes. On this month’s episode, correspondent Laura Paskus talks with a former governor of the Pueblo of Cochiti, tribal councilman Eugene Herrera, who speaks about the pueblo’s relationship with the landscape and its opposition to a popular bill in Congress, sponsored by Sen. Martin Heinrich, that would transition Bandelier National Monument into Bandelier National Park. 

In response to a request for comment, Sen. Martin Heinrich said in a statement, “While I understand Cochiti Pueblo’s position that they should run Bandelier, I must also respect and protect access for the other pueblos that consider this land sacred. This legislation has broad support from New Mexico’s Pueblo communities because it provides the highest level of protection to Bandelier’s cultural and spiritual resources, ensures religious freedom for tribes, and will be the first National Park in America that integrates Native voices into park management.” 

Eugene Herrera, tribal councilman and former governor, Pueblo of Cochiti 

For More Information
To read SB 2924: Bandelier National Park and Preserve Establishment Act
Sen. Martin Heinrich’s Nov. 2019 statement on the bill:Heinrich Introduces Bill to Establish Bandelier National Park and Preserve
To view a map showing the proposed changes: Proposed Map
More Opposition to Bandelier National Park Bill 

Craig Varjabedian: Photographing White Sands

June 15, 2018 - Photographer Craig Varjabedian says it is challenging to photograph a place like White Sands National Monument because the landscape is always changing. His new book “Into the Great White Sands” features images of the land, plants and historical sites at the nearby White Sands Missile Range. This week he sits down with producer Sarah Gustavus to talk about the book and his legacy as a photographer in New Mexico.