NM State Land Office Creates Cultural Resource Team

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – The State Land Office says it is working hand-in-hand with tribes in New Mexico to respect their lands. Lands Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has created a new cultural resources office. He will consult with tribes and Pueblos when archaeological reports include culturally sensitive finds and ensure that preservation plays a role in state land decisions.

“It’s not just a reorganization of a handful of our staff. It is a reorganization of the way we think and do business with the aim of being aware of the history of the people who occupied state-owned land before they were what they were. are now, ”Commissioner Garcia Richard said in a press release. “The indigenous people of New Mexico deserve to know that we are taking the appropriate steps to protect the areas and artifacts that are culturally significant to them and for their ability to protect their way of life for future generations.” “

According to the same press release, the cultural resources office will be made up of four current staff from the state land office who have been reorganized within the agency: Rachael Lorenzo, who was previously deputy commissioner for engagement. and the tribal liaison of the land office, will assume the newly created role of deputy commissioner for cultural resources. With Lorenzo, three permanent archaeologists will complete the cultural resources team.

“I am proud to lead this team – we all share one goal and that is to integrate the expertise and honor the legacy of our state’s tribes into land stewardship,” said Deputy Commissioner Lorenzo in a press release. “For too long, tribes have not had enough say in the management of lands under state trusteeship. That changes with Commissioner Garcia Richard.

Gregory M. Roy