A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Salazar to Visit New Mexico to Mark Historic Progress in Indian Country
Office of the Secretary
Will approve one of the nation's first tribal leasing rights under the HEARTH Act; will sign final Aamodt water rights settlement
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – On Thursday, March 14, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn will visit New Mexico to participate in two historic signing ceremonies for Indian Country.
In the morning, Salazar and Washburn will join Governor Victor Montoya at the Pueblo of Sandia in Bernalillo. Salazar is expected to approve one of the first tribal leasing regulations issued pursuant to the newly enacted HEARTH Act. The Act, originally introduced by then-Representative Martin Heinrich (N.M. - 1st Dist.) in 2009, was signed into law by President Obama in July 2012. The law restores the authority of federally recognized American Indian tribes to control the leasing of their trust lands, thereby promoting self-determination and economic development.
In the afternoon, Salazar and Washburn will join leaders from the Pueblos of Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque, and San Ildefonso to finalize the Aamodt water rights settlement. The settlement was one of four water rights settlements included in legislation signed by President Obama in 2011 that will help deliver clean drinking water to tribes in New Mexico, Arizona and Montana. The implementation of the Aamodt settlement will provide for the construction of a regional water system to serve American Indian communities in Northern New Mexico, closing a chapter on one of the longest running water rights cases in the federal court system.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Victor Montoya, Governor, Pueblo of Sandia
HEARTH Act Regulations Signing Ceremony
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. (MDT)
Pueblo of Sandia Offices, Tribal Council Chambers 206 Sandia School Bernalillo, New Mexico
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Phillip Perez, Governor, Pueblo of Nambe Mark Mitchell, Governor, Pueblo of Tesuque George Rivera, Governor, Pueblo of Pojoaque Terry Aguilar, Governor, Pueblo of San Ildefonso Charles Dorame, Northern Pueblos Tributary Water Rights Kathy Holian, Chair of the Santa Fe County Commission David Coss, Mayor, City of Santa Fe
Aamodt Litigation Settlement Signing Ceremony
Thursday, March 13, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m. (MDT)
Santa Fe Indian School 1501 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe, New Mexico