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Pueblo of Zia, New Mexico

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For 76 years, New Mexico has used Zia 's sacred sun symbol on the state flag. Tribal leaders say it's time for the state to start talking about some compensation. Zia Gov. William Toribio and tribal administrator Peter Pino asked lawmakers Feb. 17 to approve a bill to require negotiations between the state and pueblo to determine how to compensate the pueblo for unauthorized use of the Zia symbol. Past measures, seeking millions in compensation, have failed. The "Zia'' was adopted by New Mexico and put on the flag in 1925 - 13 years after statehood. The flag features a red sun symbol on a field of yellow, copied from a ceremonial vase made by a Zia Pueblo member. Tribal leaders say the state never asked or received permission to use the sacred symbol. The bill also requires negotiations to determine compensation for a license for future use of the symbol and an apology. The bill requests $50,000 for the Office of Indian Affairs to facilitate the proposed negotiations by a six-member state team. Pino said the pueblo had found at least 96 different private entities using the symbol. Gov. Gary Johnson, for example, once turned an "o'' in his name into a sun symbol for a campaign logo.

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