Tigua receive cane from Spain 4-22-07

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Tigua leaders have accepted a cane of authority from the Spanish government as part of a symbolic gesture recognizing the tribe's sovereignty.

During a ceremony at the Ysleta del Sur Mission on Friday, Spanish ambassador to the United States Carlos Westendorp passed the baston, or cane, to tribal Chief Santiago Bustamante.

“This ceremony here is a reaffirmation of that authority the king gave to the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo,” Tigua Gov. Art Senclair said.

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo lived near Albuquerque in 1682 but the tribe was overtaken by the Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt and forced to move. They received an original cane of authority from Spain in 1751.

Spain reaffirmed its transfer of the cane of authority to New Mexico tribes in 1998. But the Tiguas weren't included because the tribe had moved southeast into present-day Texas during the multi-tribe revolt, Senclair said.
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