Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico

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A small Navajo community located in northwestern New Mexico, on the eastern edge of the Chaco Canyon. Pueblo Pintado is one of the many chapters of the Navajo Nation, whose government system consists of five agencies (Chinle, Crownpoint, Fort Defiance, Shiprock, and Tuba City), with several local chapters within each agency. Each chapter has an administrative meeting place known as the chapter house, where the community gathers to discuss a variety of issues concerning life on the reservation. Pueblo Pintado, which in Spanish means "Painted Village," is named after one of the ancient ruin sites in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

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 "Distant View of Pueblo Pintado, Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, New Mexico, September 1, 2009," photograph by David Mandel. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

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