Black Rock BIA Hospital, New Mexico

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Formerly known as Ranchos de Zuni, Black Rock is currently an incorporated extension of Zuni Pueblo. Its name derives from its location on the south side of the Zuni River, the side with the broken lava flow also known as malpais, or bad country, in Spanish. Today, the public health care center located in Black Rock is known as the Zuni Comperehensive Community Health Center, managed by federal Indian Healthcare Service under the auspices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); there is also the Zuni Health Initiative nearby. Zuni Indian Hosptial is located just down the road in Zuni Pueblo proper.

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"Zuni Sub Agency Hospital sign, entrance to agency grounds, circa 1950," photograph, National Archives and Records Administration (295180), is licensed under Public Domain.