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Text of Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should declare Kneeling Nun Mountain in Grant County, New Mexico, to ...

...New Mexico, to be a national monument, and for other purposes.

This resolution was introduced on July 20, 1998, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 20, 1998 (Introduced).

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HCON 303 IH

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. CON. RES. 303

Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should declare Kneeling Nun Mountain in Grant County, New Mexico, to be a national monument, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 20, 1998

Mr. TORRES (for himself, Mr. PASTOR, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. BECERRA, Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Island, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Mr. FROST, Mr. FILNER, Mrs. MALONEY of New York, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. ROMERO-BARCELO, Mr. UNDERWOOD, Mr. HINOJOSA, Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. SERRANO, Ms. ROYBAL-ALLARD, Ms. SANCHEZ, and Mr. MARTINEZ) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should declare Kneeling Nun Mountain in Grant County, New Mexico, to be a national monument, and for other purposes.

Whereas Kneeling Nun Mountain is one of southwest New Mexico’s most identifiable landmarks with a distinctive profile that can be seen for miles;

Whereas Kneeling Nun Mountain is and has been a culturally significant source of centuries-old legends and beliefs among Native Americans, Hispanics, and other residents of the area;

Whereas the National Congress of American Indians adopted a resolution describing Kneeling Nun Mountain as ‘sacred to the native Indian population of southwestern New Mexico for many centuries’ and calling for its permanent protection as ‘a national monument dedicated to preserving the history and cultural heritage of the great Mimbres and Mogollon cultures’;

Whereas part of Kneeling Nun Mountain is owned by the Federal Government and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management of the Department of the Interior;

Whereas Kneeling Nun Mountain is threatened environmentally by the plans of the Phelps Dodge Corporation to expand mining activities in the area;

Whereas the environmental threat to Kneeling Nun Mountain from mining activity would be intensified by a land trade being contemplated by the Phelps Dodge Corporation and the Bureau of Land Management;

Whereas expanding mining activities on and around Kneeling Nun Mountain will not significantly add to the ore reserves of the Phelps Dodge Corporation or provide a significant number of jobs for residents of communities near the mountain; and

Whereas thousands of citizens of southwest New Mexico have joined with representatives of various community groups in signing a petition urging that Kneeling Nun Mountain be declared a national monument: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that--

      (1) Kneeling Nun Mountain in Grant County, New Mexico, is historically and culturally significant;

      (2) the President should declare the Federal land on and around Kneeling Nun Mountain to be a national monument in accordance with section 2 of the Act entitled ‘An Act for the preservation of American antiquities’, enacted June 8, 1906 (16 U.S.C. 431; commonly known as the Antiquities Act of 1906); and

      (3) until such time as the President acts as described in paragraph (2), the Secretary of the Interior should act to protect and preserve the Federal land on and around Kneeling Nun Mountain from private encroachment and environmental damage.