Navajo Nation Considers Purchase of Colorado Ranchland

Jul 24, 2017

The Navajo Nation has created a committee to look into the purchase of ranchland in Colorado that's home to two sacred mountains.

The Boyer Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in south-central Colorado. The Navajo Nation is considering buying the ranchland to protect peaks the tribe considers sacred.
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The Gallup Independent reports Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye believes the purchase of prime land in Colorado would make the citizens of the Navajo Nation whole.

Begaye said on Wednesday that the executive office committee found about 26 square miles (67 square kilometers) of land on the Wolf Springs and Boyer ranches, which are in south-central Colorado.

The price tag for the property is $23 million.

Begaye says the ranch has 200 head of cattle and more than 300 head of bison, which the tribe could use to expand the Navajo beef business and produce bison meat, which sells for about double the price of beef.