New Fitness Center Breaks Ground


Tribal Councilmen, the Governors, tribal staff and community members gathered at the Walatowa Youth Center on Thursday, June 29, to officially break ground for the new Fitness Center to be built adjacent to the building. Tribal Administrator Senator Benny Shendo, Jr. welcomed the group and served as emcee. Adam Waquie offered the opening prayer.

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By R.W.

Mountain Fish.

When I hear the Jemez speak their amazing sounding language I can rarely separate a single word from the flow, let alone catch any of the meaning of what is being said. I have once or twice been coached, by bored Jemez looking for distraction, to utter simple greetings or pronounce the odd name place, only to have my attempts greeted with either puzzlement or total amusement.

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Hikers Lost in the Jemez

Update 9:25 p.m.: Bernalillo County Sheriffs Office says its Air Unit assisted the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office with locating 3 stranded hikers in the forest area near Jemez, it was originally believed one person may have died. They made no confirmation of this; their announcement so far carried no details of the hikers’ condition.

As of 8:20 p.m. there have been no updates on this story in any New Mexico publications. This story  is confusing since Sandoval County Sheriff’s Departament is also reported to have been conducting a similar search near Mount Taylor for three hikers, one of whom is reported to have died. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) issued this statement, presumably referring to the situation in the Jemez:

BCSO Metro Air Unit will be launching in reference to a search and rescue call for Sandoval County. Five people are stranded. One person had a heart attack and the others may be suffering from dehydration. BCSO will assist fire and rescue in locating the subjects and shuttling personnel.


A rescue operation is going on somewhere in the Jemez, where five hikers are reported to be lost. The report is very unclear, and says that they are lost near Jemez Pueblo, but this could mean somewhere in the mountains near the reservation. One of the hikers is reported to have suffered a heart attack, which implies that the sheriff’s deputies conducting the search have contact with the group, but are unable to locate them.

A sheriff’s office helicopter shuttling rescue personnel to and from the area may be visible over the valley.




Native American Art, Food and Dance at Red Rocks


This May marks the 27th year of the Annual Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show during Memorial Day Weekend. This event is a time-honored tradition that brings hundreds of people to the Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks to celebrate and honor the brave few that have died while serving in the United States Military. “This is why we have a holiday; it is to honor and remember those that have passed on during times of conflict and war,” says Marlon Magdalena, Vice President of theJemez Arts and Crafts Association. We celebrate this American Holiday the best way we can, with Authentic Native American Art, Food, and Dance.
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Prescribed Burn on Virgin Mesa



Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct prescribed burns during a window that opens April 17 and ends on May 21, 2017.  That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.

Primary targets are a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa and 400 acres on the West Mesa treatment area a half mile north of Virgin Mesa off Forest Road 607.

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Pet Vaccines and Pet Food at the Walatowa Youth Center

By Samuel Adams



Join Jemez Pueblo Animal Rescue, on April 9th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for their monthly vaccine clinic and pet food bank at the Walatowa Youth Center. Dr. Barbara Maxam will be the on-staff veterinarian.
Also present at the vaccine clinic will be UNM’s pre-veterinary medicine students, who will be volunteering. Save money and a trip to the city by taking your pet(s) to JPAR’s vaccine and wellness clinic!”



Fire in the Jemez

By Thomas W. Swetnam, Regents’ Professor of Dendrochronology, Emeritus



Photo: Archeology Southwest.

The Jemez Mountains are “the poster child” of wildfire problems in the Southwestern U.S. Residents recall too well the evacuations of Los Alamos during the 2000 Cerro Grande and 2011 Las Conchas Fires. They also recall the enormous plumes of smoke rising over our mountains, the loss of hundreds of homes, and the burned-out forest landscapes that are now slowly recovering. The long-term history of the Jemez, however, includes a rich interplay of humans, forests and fires spanning many centuries. Despite what we have witnessed in recent decades, for the most part, the long-term history is one of co-existence — of people and fire living together, sustainably.

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Retablos and Bultos in Walatowa High

Story and Photos by Troy Meek, Art Teacher


Walatowa High Charter School held a very successful workshop attended by 9th, 10th and 11th graders, presented by Rhonda Crespin. A resident of Jemez Springs for many years, she is well known and collected for her Bultos, or round 3D hand carved devotional artworks, and for her Retablos, which are flat paintings on wood.

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Jemez Contributions to Native American Easel Art


By Matthew J. Barbour, Regional Manager



Deborah Ellis, Docent


Painting by Vidal Casiquito Jr.


In the early twentieth century, a group of Native American artists gained recognition for producing portable paintings depicting traditional cultural practices and life experiences. Known as “easel paintings,” these works reflected a new form of artistic expression for Native Americans in New Mexico. The paintings were illustrated in a distinct two-dimensional graphic style, primarily using opaque water colors. The works of two artists from Jemez Pueblo are on display before you.

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Wood You Believe It

Photos R.W.

It lies hidden, but ready to explore.


Unseen by most passers-by on N.M. Highway 4 is an amazing site hidden behind a few bends of a dirt road leading to the Walatowa Timber Industries, the logging and sawmill company operated by the Pueblo of Jemez.

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A glimpse inside the Walatowa Timber Industries yard.

Running a little low on firewood? They don’t deliver, you have to do your own hauling, but this looks like a serious pile from which you can replenish your supplies.


It is an amazing site/sight that will lend itself for a wood-centered photo essay some time in the future. Here’a a teaser:


Job Opportunities With the Pueblo of Jemez

Pueblo of Jemez


Please note the change in the application process:
The Pueblo of Jemez is no longer accepting paper applications for job opportunities. Candidates must apply online at For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at (575) 834-7359.

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Publishing the Past: The 1965 Excavations at Giusewa Pueblo

By Matthew J. Barbour


Photo Archaeological Society of New Mexico

Rooms excavated at Jemez Historic Site in 1965.


Through the centuries, Jemez Historic Site’s Giusewa Pueblo has been excavated by numerous archaeologists. The collections in Santa Fe are full of pottery, flaked stone, and other archaeological materials recovered at the site. However, very few research reports discuss Giusewa in any great detail. While lots of archaeological work was conducted, very little has ever been published. This is beginning to change.

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Jemez Governor Assumes New Position



Pueblo of Jemez Governor Joseph A. Toya has been elected as Chairman of the Southern Pueblos Council of Governors. Previously, Councilman Raymond Gachupin, also Jemez,  served as Chairman of the Council in 2000 and 2007.

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Fray Alonso de Benavides and the Jemez Nation, AD 1630

By Matthew J. Barbour, Manager, Jemez and Coronado Historic Sites

San José de los Jemez Mission Church.


Fray Alonso de Benavides arrived in New Mexico in 1626. He was a Franciscan Priest of Portuguese descent. Charged by his order as Custodian (head) of the missions and agent of the inquisition, Benavides toured the New Mexico extensively overseeing the conversion and management of all Native American peoples in the province before departing in 1629.

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Dual Credit Enrollment: Increasing Post-Secondary Success for Students


By Dr. Kristina Kommander-Salazar,

Walatowa High Charter School/IAIA Adjunct Professor


Benefits of Dual Credit

Post-secondary access for students has become a significant goal for educational institutions around the nation. The emergence and implementation of dual credit opportunities is a novel way in which states are attempting to prepare their students to enter post-secondary educational institutions. Dual enrollment programs are identified as education-accelerated programs that provide high school students access to college level courses. Exam-based programs include programs such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate initiatives where high school students must earn appropriate scores on course exams in order to earn college credits for the courses.

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