The resolution was directed to the governor and the state’s congressional delegation.
Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous said he was pleased the Las Cruces City Council recognized their rights as a sovereign nation and supports their return to New Mexico.
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe is the successor to the Chiricahua and Warm Springs Apache people who lived in southern New Mexico until 1886, when they were forcibly removed to Oklahoma by the U.S. Government.
Today, a 30-acre parcel of land at Akela in Luna County is the extent of the Fort Sill Apache’s restored and federally-recognized homeland.
The resolution implies that the Las Cruces city councilors support the economic benefits the Apache Homelands Casino would bring to the region.