- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Legislation that would place property adjacent to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque in trust for 19 New Mexico pueblos has cleared its final congressional hurdle.

The bill was approved Wednesday by the U.S. House. It now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The four tracts of land covered by the bill used to encompass the former Albuquerque Indian School.

Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, says consolidating the last parcels of the school property will enable the pueblos to build on their ongoing efforts to transform the area in a unique business and cultural center.

The president and CEO of the cultural center, Mike Canfield, says developing the area will lead to more jobs and economic return for all of the pueblo communities.

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