Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, New Mexico

Ohkay Owingeh is a pueblo in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States, 25 miles (40 km.) north of Santa Fe.

It was previously known as San Juan Pueblo until returning to its pre-Spanish name in November 2005. The Tewa name of the pueblo means "place of the strong people."

The pueblo was founded around 1200 AD. By tradition, the Tewa people moved here from the north, perhaps from the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado.

After taking control of the pueblo in 1598, the Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate renamed the pueblo San Juan de los Caballeros after his patron saint, John the Baptist. He then established the first Spanish capital of New Mexico nearby.

Ohkay Owingeh is the headquarters of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, and the pueblo people are from the Tewa ethnic group of Native Americans. The annual Pueblo Feast Day is June 24.

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo has the ZIP code 87566; the USPS prefers the name San Juan Pueblo, NM for addressing mail. The ZCTA 87566 had a population of 3,357 at the 2000 Census.

Many of the members of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo live in San Juan, New Mexico, a few miles north.

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