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United States Pueblo Lands Board Report Regarding Pueblo of Laguna

Identifier: MSS-81-SC

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the "Pueblo of Laguna. Report of the Pueblo Lands Board Making Recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for Compensation to Non-Indian Claimants under Section 7 of the Act of June 7, 1924." The report recommends settlement of the Cebolleta Grant and to Cruz Baca and his wife for lands lost to them through compromises with the Indians of Laguna. The report was submitted by Guy P. Harrington (appointed by the President), H. J. Hagerman (for the Secretary of the Interior) and Charles H. Jennings (for the Attorney General), in Santa Fe, N.M. on December 5, 1931. Included with this report is an historical narrative of Acoma and Laguna, based on accounts from the Spanish. This report has been catalogued elsewhere under the title, Documentary Evidence in Reference to the Laguna Indian Pueblo.


  • 1931


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Background Information

The Pueblo Lands Board was established by an Act of Congress on June 7, 1924, to clear claims by non-Indians against Pueblo Indian lands. These claims arose after a federal court ruled in U.S. v. Joseph that Pueblo Indian lands were not federally protected, and therefore could be sold to non-Indians. The decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. v. Sandoval, 1913, which ruled that control of Pueblo Indian lands rightfully belonged to the federal government. By that time, however, there were enough non-Indian claims to throw ownership of almost ten percent of Pueblo lands into question. The Pueblo Lands Act of 1924 was a compromise measure that established the Pueblo Lands Board to address land disputes caused by the original court decision allowing Pueblo land sales.

The Pueblo Lands Board consisted of the Secretary of the Interior, the Attorney General (each of whom could act through an assistant in all hearings, investigations, and deliberations in New Mexico), and a third member appointed by the President of the United States. The Board's duty was to identify lands to which the Indian title had not been extinguished. The Board also had the authority to award compensation to the Pueblo Indians for land losses that the government could have prevented. Furthermore, the Board was to report the fair market value of the lands, improvements, and water rights, of non-Indian claimants who had made good faith settlement on Indian lands, but failed to sustain their claim under the provisions of the act. The claimants were awarded compensation for their losses based on the Board's report.


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Sophie D. Aberle Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the United States Pueblo Lands Board Report Regarding Pueblo of Laguna, 1931
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131