San Ildefonso Pueblo Responds To Santa Fe County Commission Vote

SANTA FE  San Ildefonso Pueblo officials are both disappointed and frustrated by Tuesday’s (Aug. 25) action by the Santa Fe County Commission to tie negotiations over road disputes on Pueblo land to the Aamodt water settlement.
“For two years, we have been working in good-faith to find a fair resolution to both of these with Santa Fe County. It is disheartening that after all we’ve put into this, including hours of face-to-face meetings, they chose to blindside us by suddenly tying the two together,” Gov. James Mountain said. “The truth is, separately, these are two very complicated issues and combining them will only further complicate matters, and potentially drag out any resolution to either. We believe that is a disservice to the Pueblo, private landowners who are caught up in the road dispute, and the taxpayers of Santa Fe County.”
Earlier this Summer, San Ildefonso Pueblo presented a proposal to Santa Fe County that it hoped would once and for all settle long-standing road dispute on Pueblo land.
Last week, during a scheduled negotiation meeting, County Officials rejected the proposal which included:
  • The Pueblo granting Santa Fe County a perpetual no cost right-of-way for the portions of County Road 84B and County Road 84 from the intersection of Povi Kaa Drive and Buu-Pin-Gae to the east Pueblo grant boundary;
  • Renaming the entire road by the Pueblo;
  • No of trespass by the County;
  • The County acknowledging that the offered right-of-way is an interest in the land for a roadway and the title does not transfer to the County and the Pueblo shall retain jurisdiction over the right of way;
  • The County to pave, repave and relocate parts of County Road 84 as approved by the Pueblo.
This proposal would have resolved more than 50 percent of the outstanding road access issues on San Ildefonso Pueblo, and the Pueblo had planned to use an agreement on it as basis to resolve all other outstanding road issues in a timely manner.
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