SANDIA PUEBLO — Sandia Pueblo on Thursday became one of the nation’s first American Indian communities to have more authority over leasing its land under a law aimed at expediting home building and energy development on tribal lands.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Sandia Pueblo Gov. Victor Montoya participated in a signing ceremony of regulations that will allow the tribe to approve trust land leases directly, rather than waiting for approval of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which sometimes takes years.
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