We hope all our neighbors in the Taos Valley will plan to be with us as we celebrate this momentous event for the people of Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo, NM (Vocus) July 3, 2010
Taos Pueblo, in north central New Mexico, will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the return of its sacred Blue Lake and surrounding lands on Saturday, July 10 during the 25th annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow.
This remembrance and celebration will observe one of the most significant occasions in the history of Taos Pueblo and the American Indian People: the Pueblo’s 64-year struggle with the United States Government to reclaim religious freedom and protection of sacred land.
The kick-off event will take place during Saturday afternoon’s Grand Entry at 1 p.m. at the Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow grounds. Special welcoming remarks will be made by Tribal Leadership and Blue Lake Committee to kick off this momentous occasion. At that time, there will also be an opportunity to purchase Blue Lake commemorative memorabilia and additional information will be available at the Blue Lake Celebration booth during the pow-wow.
“We hope all our neighbors in the Taos Valley will plan to be with us as we celebrate this momentous event for the people of Taos Pueblo,” said Taos Pueblo Governor James A. Lujan.
In addition to the celebration on July 10th, Taos Pueblo will commemorate the history, the struggle, and the victory of Blue Lake on September 17th and 18th, 2010. The theme for this momentous celebration has been appropriately titled “Blue Lake – A Symbol of Cultural Strength and Determination.” The celebration will commence on Friday, September 17th with an opening mass at St. Jerome Church on Taos Pueblo, and an evening reception.
The highlight events will take place on Saturday, September 18th with activities scheduled throughout the day in the plaza of Taos Pueblo’s historic village. Taos Pueblo will keep the media apprised as details are confirmed over the next three months.
On December 15, 1970, former President Richard M. Nixon signed into affect Public Law 91-550, approved in a bi-partisan manner by the United States Congress.
In speaking of the Bill’s significance, President Nixon stated, “this is a bill that represents justice, because in 1906 an injustice was done in which land involved in this bill, 48,000 acres, was taken from the Indians involved, the Taos Pueblo Indians. The Congress of the United States now returns that land to whom it belongs… I can’t think of anything more appropriate or any action that could make me more proud as President of the United States.”
That signing restored Taos Pueblo lands and led to the unhindered continuation of the Pueblo’s millennium-old traditional culture. It also set a precedent for self-determination for all American Indian people, tribes and nations.
Cacique Romero, the Pueblo’s religious leader in the late 1960s and 1970s, was instrumental in
testifying on behalf of the Pueblo before Congress. Romero stated in his response to Congress’
approval and President Nixon’s signing, that “a new day begins not only for the American Indian, but for all Americans in this Country.”
That new day led to Taos Pueblo safeguarding the interest and welfare of the Pueblo and its water supply, natural and domestic resources, and the locale of social and cultural events.
For more information, contact the Taos Pueblo Tourism Department at (575) 758-1028 or tourism(at)taospueblo(dot)com. Visit http://www.taospueblo.com for general information about the Pueblo.
“We have lived upon this land from days beyond history’s records, far past any living memory, deep into the time of legend. The story of my people and story of this place are one single story. No man can think of us without thinking of this place. We are always joined together.” ~ Taos Pueblo Tribal Manifesto
Christopher Day, Blue Lake Committee Press
575-741-9085 or bluelakepress(at)gmail(dot)com
Sage Yardley, Blue Lake Committee Press
575-770-2099 or bluelakepress(at)gmail(dot)com
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