AG Balderas Fights to Return Unlawfully Transferred Land In Rio Arriba County To Land Grant Heirs

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office’s plan to fight for the rights of the Land Grant, Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla.

In 2003, an unlawful transfer of title of property belonging to Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla was made to Al Frente de Lucha, a Colorado corporation. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Land Grant Division of the Office of the Attorney General filed a complaint today, arguing that the court should declare the deed as void, and that the land in Rio Arriba County should be recovered by Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierrra Amarilla, and held in a trust for their benefit.

“My office will fight to preserve the history and culture of land grants throughout New Mexico,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said. “This land must be returned immediately, and placed in a trust for the benefit of Merced de Los Pueblos de Tierra Amarilla.”

It is the responsibility of the Office of the Attorney General to review important issues concerning land grants in New Mexico. The Office of the Attorney General worked collaboratively with the New Mexico Land Grant Council, New Mexico Legal Aid and the UNM School of Law Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic in preserving the land grant’s rights.

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