Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails resident camp properties Rancho del Chaparral and Camp Elliott Barker are located in the Jemez Mountains and outside of Angel Fire, NM adjacent to the Carson National Forest. These lands were once the homes/lands of the Diné Bikéyah and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute); and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Nʉmʉnʉʉ (Comanche), and Jicarilla Apache. Different Indigenous peoples have called these lands home before being removed or leaving. We acknowledge the peoples who have lived on these lands in the past and the many that still live as neighbors to our properties currently.
“There are 19 Pueblo tribes in New Mexico, and each Pueblo is a sovereign nation. Today Pueblo people are located primarily in New Mexico, however, at one time our homeland reached into what is now Colorado and Arizona, where we established incredible dwellings and trading centers like those located at Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico and Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado. Pueblo people have preserved our identity in the face of multiple colonizing nations, and today, as always, we value our identity and traditional ways of life. At the same time we live in modern houses, working and living both on and off our reservations. Our beliefs and actions are still guided by Pueblo Core Values, which include Love, Respect, Compassion, Faith, Understanding, Spirituality, Balance, Peace, and Empathy. We continue to participate in our traditional celebrations and ceremonies throughout the year, maintaining our connection to our communities, to our ancestors, and to the earth.”
“Sovereignty, in the words of our elders and spiritual leaders, is a right to our existence. The ultimate power of that existence, our Pueblo Way of Life, comes from the Creator.” (Regis Pecos, New Mexico Leadership Institute). You can learn more about the Pueblos here: https://native-land.ca/maps/territories/pueblos/.