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Navajo Nation signs land swap deal with New Mexico

Navajo Nation signs land swap deal with New Mexico

The Associated Press
November 07, 2017 02:39 PM

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation signed a deal Monday that swaps more than 37,000 acres of State Trust land in New Mexico for a ranch that's owned by the tribe.

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The State Trust properties in question are land on which Navajo people are currently living, State Trust property surrounded by Navajo trust lands, and lands adjacent to the Navajo Nation.

The nation says in a statement that the swap started when tribal officials learned that Navajo families were unknowingly burying family members in a cemetery on State Trust land.

The state also identified land where Navajo people were residing on State Trust lands.

As part of the swap, the state will get the nation's Slash Ranch located in New Mexico.

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