Pueblo becomes latest tribe to buy swath of ancestral land

King Ranch

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) – A sprawling ranch near the edge of the Albuquerque metro area is being purchased by a Native American pueblo that has become the latest tribe to buy back a swath of its ancestral land.

The Santa Ana Pueblo governor plans Friday to discuss the purchase of the 100-square-mile Alamo Ranch, which the family of former Gov. Bruce King listed in February for $33 million.

Neither party has disclosed the final sale amount.

The purchase comes as more tribes buy land with cultural or historical significance, and the U.S. government places hundreds of thousands of acres of those lands into trust for the tribes.

It remains unclear when – and if – the pueblo would petition to have the land taken into trust, which would open the way for it to become part of the pueblo’s reservation.

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