ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Las Cruces City Council on Monday approved a resolution backing the Fort Sill Apache Tribe’s return to its New Mexico homeland and its job creation efforts through a planned Akela casino, El Paso television station KVIA ABC-7 reported.
The resolution is titled “A Resolution Directed to the Governor of the State of New Mexico and the Entire New Mexico Congressional Delegation to Show Support of the Governing Body of the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to the Restoration of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe to a Portion of its New Mexico Homeland with all Rights Natural and Historical Associated to the Homeland.”
By passing the resolution, city councilors support the restoration to the Fort Sill Apache of the same rights enjoyed by other New Mexico tribes and pueblos — including the right of the tribe to do what it wants on its homeland, including economic development supporting the tribe and surrounding communities, KVIA reported.
“I am pleased that the Las Cruces City Council recognizes our rights as a sovereign nation and supports our return to New Mexico,” Fort Sill Apache Chairman Jeff Haozous said.
Today, a 30-acre parcel of land off Interstate 10 about 40 miles west of Las Cruces constitutes the extent of the Fort Sill Apache’s restored and federally recognized homeland, according to ABC-7.