Dona Ana County Commissioner Wayne Hancock said they look forward to the jobs and economic impact the tribe will bring to the area.
The resolution is similar to one passed in January by the Las Cruces City Council.
Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Haozous said he was pleased that the Dona Ana County commissioners recognized their rights as a sovereign nation and supported their return to New Mexico.
Haozous said they look forward to receiving support from the governor at the appropriate time as well.
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.