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Report Outlines Historical Role of Native Americans in SE New Mexico



New report outlines Historical Role of Native Americans in southeastern
New Mexico.

The Westinghouse Electric Corporation, contractor to the U.S. Department
of Energy's Carlsbad Area Office, has published a Native American
History in the area of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

This report begins with the earliest known human habitation of
southeastern New Mexico and documents Native American history through
Spanish, Mexican, and the American rule.

Little is known about the nomadic groups that inhabited southeastern New
Mexico before the Spanish expeditions.  During historical times, this
portion of the state was used by the Comanche, Jumano, and several bands
of Apache.  The primary residents are the Mescalero Apache, whose
history is discussed.

Although the report was written for the WIPP, it can also be used by
educators for teaching or reference material.  Key topics are:

                Protohistoric Period
                Historic Period
                Spanish Colonies
                Reservation Life

The WIPP is designed to safely and permanently dispose of tranuranic
waste in an ancient, stable salt formation 2.150 feet underground.  The
facility currently is in an environmental compliance permitting phase
with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New Mexico
Environment Department.

For a free copy of the Native American History in the area of the Waste
Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), e-mail Frank Burchardt your snail mail
address at burchaf@carlsbad.nm.us or call Frank Burchardt toll free at
1-800-336-9477.Thank you for your interest.


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