From left, Pueblo de San Ildefonso Gov. Terry Aguilar and Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy during a meeting with the media Monday at Police Haedquarters as Pueblo de San Ildefonso Natural Resource Director Stephen Martinez points out new boundaries in Rendija Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Friday, Nov. 2 kicks off hunting season for the Pueblo and residents are urged to learn the new boundaries before venturing into the area.
“This is the first step to educate the public and our biggest issue is making sure the residents of Los Alamos know the land has been transferred so there isn’t an awkward situation,” said Pueblo de San Ildefonso Gov. Terry Aguilar. “We are asking the public to please be respectful of these changes in land ownership, especially now that we are in hunting season.”
Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy explained that the land is now sovereign, which makes it exempt from local ordinances as well as state and federal laws.
“I know the activity levels of our citizens in that canyon and I don’t want them to get caught up … it’s the responsibility of people in those areas to understand where they are as every area of Pueblo land may not be marked,” Torpy said.
There is some signage in place and fencing now marks a portion of the new boundaries.This sign is an existing sign that marks San Ildefonso Pueblo lands. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com
“To date we’ve fenced a little over a mile … eventually eight to 10 miles will be fenced,” said Natural Resource Director Stephen Martinez, Pueblo de San Ildefonso.
Torpy said that his best advice for people is, “to stay on the roadways and if they reach a fence – turn back and go the other way … that’s the simplest advice.”
Approximate Area of Land Transfer from Forest Service to San Ildefonso:
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