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Taos Pueblo

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Located in Northern New Mexico, Taos Pueblo is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Parts of the adobe settlement have been dated back more than a thousand years. The Taos people still use the adobe structures for religious ceremonies and rites, with about 150 people living in the Pueblo full time. 

The sacred Blue Lake in the nearby mountains has particular spiritual significance. In 1970, after 64 years of dispossession by the U.S. National Forests, Blue Lake and 48,000 acres of land were returned to Taos Pueblo, a historic victory for the rights of the Taos people and testimony to the community’s tenacity. Today, the Pueblo holds the status of a limited-sovereign nation within the U.S. and maintains its centuries-old oral traditions. —Prepared by the World Tribune staff

September 1, 2023, World Tribune, p. 12

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