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Resolution in Support of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe Relating To Approval of H.R. 1560

WHEREAS, the founders of the League of United Latin American Citizens, better known as LULAC, joined together in 1929 to establish an organization that would become the largest, oldest and most successful Hispanic civil rights and service organization in the United States and has championed the cause of Hispanic Americans in education, employment, economic development, civil rights and access to quality healthcare; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680, countless members of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Native Americans were forced by the Spaniards to relocate to present day EI Paso where their descendants still maintain their culture, customs, and traditions; and

WHEREAS, LULAC and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe have worked together for many years to eliminate racial discrimination and economic empowerment of all minorities; and

WHEREAS, in 1987 the United States Congress recognized the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe as a federal tribe, but unfairly imposed a minimum one-eighth (1/8th) blood quantum for membership otherwise not required of the other 565 federally recognized Native American Tribes; and

WHEREAS, the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe has been a successfully contributing member of the EI Paso community and provides housing, medical, and economic opportunities to their tribal members;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that EI Paso LULAC District IV supports the sovereignty of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe and urges the United States Senate to concur with the United States House of Representatives and approve H.R. 1560 eliminating the one-eighth (1/8th) blood quantum requirement.

Approved this 30th day of June 2012.

Margaret Moran
LULAC National President