| Isleta Pueblo;
Is there a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Today, the Isleta Indian residents are right in stride with the billenium. The tribe itself has invested in modern living and offers many recreational activities to tourists and local visitors alike. From championship golf facilities, to campgrounds (with or without hook-ups) complete with trails for hiking and lakes for fishing, to an air conditioned gambling casino and restaurant.
Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico, also follows traditional values too. Bread baking ovens (called hornos) compliment nearly every yard. Ladies can be seen baking bread daily. Many local stores offer it for sale to those of us lucky enough to happen by when it's coming out of the ovens, freshly baked. Farmers and gardeners around the Pueblo grow blue corn, and sell the ground cornmeal from roadside stands, their homes, and local shops. Blue cornmeal lends a unique flavor --and color-- to goods baked with it. Growing more and more popular is blue corn tortilla chips, also available locally.
Alfalfa, winter wheat, and corn are farmed around the valley in Isleta. Cattle, sheep, and horses are raised primarily by Isleta ranchers.
The Isleta Reservation is divided north/south by both , Bernalillo and Valencia Counties, respectively. It directly adjoins Los Lunas at the northwestern villiage limits.
Pueblo, New Mexico. Championship 27 hole golf course, named the Isleta Eagle
(foreground), with clubhouse and restaurant. Isleta Gambling casino (rear of photo)
has created many jobs for pueblo residents.
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