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Know the West

The trouble with original claims


I am excited about the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. However, I work for one of the tribes in New Mexico, and given my familiarity with Native issues, I always find the position of the Hispanic community in New Mexico to be rather hypocritical. When they state that they have a claim to the land that supersedes other claims, I wonder if the original Spanish settlers gave much thought to the claims of the original inhabitants whose land they appropriated.

Daniel Ginter
Albuquerque, New Mexico