Native American tribe is on a preservation mission as it celebrates trust status for ancestral lands

The Associated Press  SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — When the sprawling Alamo Ranch first went up for sale nearly a decade ago, it was advertised as a working cattle ranch with incredible wildlife habitat and superb potential for development and recreation not far from New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area. For Santa Ana Pueblo, it was so much more. It was here on the mesas, along the cliffs and in the canyons northwest of Albuquerque where their ancestors once farmed and hunted. It was a key stop along a migration route that took the Tamayame — the Keres word for the people of Santa Ana — from Mesa Verde to the banks of the Rio Grande centuries ago. The pueblo jumped at the chance to buy the ranch in 2016…

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