Pojoaque Pueblo claims tax exemption for property
Pojoaque Pueblo and the state of New Mexico appear to be headed towards resolution of a property tax dispute.

The tribe bought the 139-acre La Mesita Ranch in 2008. The land is within the pueblo's original land grant but is not held in trust and the tribe isn't interested in following the land-into-trust process.

The Santa Fe County Assessor's Office has asked the state for direction on the issue. Officials hope to announce a resolution soon.

Without an exemption, the tribe faces a tax bill of $14,700 a year. The ranch has been valued at more than $6 million.

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