- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A civil complaint says Espanola is trespassing on Santa Clara Pueblo land because the city failed to renew its rights of way for its public water and sanitary sewer lines.

The complaint filed Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the northern New Mexico city obtained rights of way from the pueblo in the early 1980s but those have expired years ago.

Federal officials want Espanola to comply with the Indian Right-of-Way Act by renewing its rights of way and compensating the pueblo for the unauthorized use of the land.

Court documents say Santa Clara Pueblo and the city have tried for a decade to renegotiate a renewal.

Frank Coppler, an attorney for Espanola, did not immediately return on email from The Associated Press.



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