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SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – The State Land Office says it works hand in hand with the tribes of New Mexico to respect their lands. Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has set up a new office for cultural resources. It will consult with tribes and pueblos when archaeological reports contain culturally sensitive findings and ensure that conservation is a factor in state land decisions.

“This is not just a reorganization of a handful of our employees. It is a reorganization of the way we think and do business to know the history of the people who previously occupied the Land of State Trust which it is now,” said Commissioner Garcia Richard in a press release. “New Mexico indigenous peoples deserve to know that we are taking the appropriate steps to protect areas and artifacts of cultural importance to them and to protect their way of life for future generations.”

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