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February 20, 2018

Secretary Ryan Zinke


Department of the Interior
1849 C St. NW
Washington, DC 20240

RE: Protection of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks & Rio Grande del Norte Monuments

Dear Secretary Zinke:

I am writing to urge you to keep unchanged the Presidential proclamations for


Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments. I also
write to urge you to keep tribal nations and associations aware of and involved in
ongoing management planning efforts for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio
Grande del Norte that are locally led through communities and the respective BLM
District Offices.

The All Pueblo Council of Governors is comprised of the nineteen Sovereign


Pueblos of New Mexico including the Pueblos of New Mexico including the Pueblos of
Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San
Felipe, San Ildefonso, Sandia, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque,
Zia and Zuni; and 1 Sovereign Pueblo, Ysleta del Sur, located in the State of Texas.
APCG and member Pueblos have long supported the protection of Organ Mountains-
Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte. We passed two unanimous resolutions
supporting National Monument designation and stewardship, 2015-05 and 2016-14.

We appreciated some of our Governors having the chance to visit briefly with
you, Secretary Zinke, during your trip to Las Cruces. At that time, and also in written
comments, we strongly opposed any changes to boundaries of our national monuments or
any changes to the governing proclamations. We continue to strongly support carrying
out inclusive management planning processes that recognize and respect government to
government relationships with our Pueblos and other tribes.

Sincerely,

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E. Paul Torres, APCG Chairman