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Zia Pueblo upset by band's unauthorized use of sacred symbol






A welcome sign at Zia Pueblo in New Mexico. Photo from Zia Trading

A new musical group is using a sacred symbol of Zia Pueblo without the New Mexico tribe's permission.

Bad Suns features the Zia symbol on its forthcoming album, Language & Perspective. Gov. David Pino said the tribe deserves compensation for the unauthorized use.

"We like for them to ask they use permission and if they could donate money to the scholarship fund," Pino told KOAT, referring to other situations in which commercial entities and others have used the symbol with consent.

A representative of the band claims the image on the forthcoming album is not the same as the Zia symbol even though they are nearly identical.

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Band uses Zia image on album without permission from pueblo (KOAT 6/5)