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Mescalero Apache Nation looking to reacquire ancestral lands





The Mescalero Apache Nation is looking to reacquire a portion of its ancestral territory in southern New Mexico.

President Frederick Chino said the land at issue was reserved for the tribe under an 1852 treaty. But when the survey was finally conducted, the land ended up in the hands of the federal government.

"It was never measured until 1893 and the boundaries shrunk," Chino told The Ruidoso News.

The 868 acres is now managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The tribe says it will be able to protect the land from wildfires and flooding.

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Mescalero eyes Forest Service land (The Ruidoso News 4/26)