Lecture: The 1919 New Mexico Mounted Police Raid on Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico History Museum Feb. 7

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The Friends of History Present

 Christmas Revels: The 1919 New Mexico Mounted Police Raid on Santo Domingo Pueblo

A Discussion by
Joseph Sabatini
Special Collections Librarian, 
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Public Library, Retired 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018
New Mexico History Museum
Noon       No Charge

Old Santo Domingo, Neg # 004363,  Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe

Leo Crane, a Bureau of Indian Affairs official, wrote two books about his experiences in Arizona and New Mexico from 1911 to 1928. His "Christmas Revels" chapter on a little-known incident in 1919 inspired Mr. Sabatini to seek additional information, leading to the discovery of the remarkable resources in the Institute for Pueblo Indian Studies at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The attempt by state militiamen to seize cattle rustlers during the Christmas Day dance almost resulted in their massacre. The incident was a precursor to the united Pueblos' struggle in the 1920s to defeat the Bursum Bill and preserve their lands and way of life.

Joe Sabatini obtained his Master's Degree in Library Science from U.C.L.A in 1965.  Following five years at the U.N.M. School of Law Library, he joined the Albuquerque Public Library in 1973 as Head of Reference. He served as Main Library Manager from 1980 to July 2000, and then as the Library Manager for Special Collections in the regional history and genealogy branch. Since his retirement in December 2008, he has volunteered in the Archives/Library of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.