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Q: Louis Abeita: Biography of the Southern Pueblo Chief of Policeman ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Louis Abeita: Biography of the Southern Pueblo Chief of Policeman
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: plellias-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 15 Apr 2004 16:05 PDT
Expires: 15 May 2004 16:05 PDT
Question ID: 330958
I am looking for biographical information on Louis Abieta, an Isleta
Pueblo Indian. There are many colorful stories regarding his career in
law enforcement that I would like to substantiate. Louis Abieta served
as a Valencia County Sheriff and worked security for the Santa Fe
Railroad. He was the Chief of Indian Police for the Southern Pueblos
from approximately 1919-1921.He was appointed by the Southern Pueblo
superintendant Leo Crane. He was shot and killed in the line of duty
on January 12, 1921 at the the Isleta Railroad Station by a
African-American escaped convict accused of multiple murders. Louis
died at the Ablbuquerque Hospital. Luis was either 40 or 45 at the
time of his death (conflicting reports). His funeral was paid for by
the superintentendant Crane with Federal Agency money.

He married Maria in 1904 and had his first son Diego in 1905. He had five children.

Louis helped solve many crimes including the murder of Santiago Felipe
at the Acoma Pueblo on October 2, 1920.

Most of my information comes from Leo Crane's Book, "Desert Drum" and
his collection of photos.

I have not been able to find any newspaper articles from the 1920s
(Albuquerque Journal) to possibly validate the heroic tales of Louis

Thank you

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 15 Apr 2004 17:02 PDT
Hello plellias-ga,

I've done some pretty extensive looking around, and could find only
one newspaper article about Louis Abeita.  But it's a good one!

The article is from 1930, and features an interview with Diego Abeita,
who refers to his father as Pablo Abeita.  However, there is no doubt
that Pablo and Louis are one and the same.

Here is an excerpt from the article [I added some small bits of
punctuation in order to make the original text a bit clearer]:



When Diego said in response to my query if he knew Pablo Abeita, "He
was my father", I knew that his father was dead...Sutton told me He
was killed by a...criminal.  So I asked Diego the circumstance of his
father's death...

...Leo Crane Indian Agent saw the merit of Pablo Abeita as an Indian
peace officer and raised him to the position of a special
police...Whenever there was a need of a fearless officer quick on the
draw...the case was turned over to Pablo Abeita...


The article goes on to describe, somewhat graphically, and in language
that is quite offensive, the death of Pablo Abeita at the hands of an
escaped criminal.

There is not a lot of biographical information here.  But I thought
you may want to accept this one article as an answer to your
question...if nothing else, it certainly confirms the heroic
reputation of Abeita.

Of course, if you want to adjust the price you are offering -- to
reflect the paucity of information -- please feel free to do so.

By the way, I did a web search on "Pablo Abeita".  Most of the hits
were for another Isleta resident of the same name -- probably a
relative -- who also was the Governor of Isleta.  Some of the results,
though, had pointers to offline sources of information on Isleta and
its inhabitants that may provide you some useful leads for further

Let me know how you would like to proceed on this.


Clarification of Question by plellias-ga on 15 Apr 2004 17:51 PDT



Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 15 Apr 2004 18:41 PDT
Thanks for getting back to me.  You'll have to change the price on
your end.  The insturctions, from the "Help and Tips" page, are:

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Once I see the price has been adjusted, I'll post the instructions for
accessing the article I mentioned.  I'm sure you'll find it quite


Clarification of Question by plellias-ga on 15 Apr 2004 19:49 PDT

Subject: Re: Louis Abeita: Biography of the Southern Pueblo Chief of Policeman
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 15 Apr 2004 20:09 PDT
And thanks to you, too.

The University of Utah has done a nice job of digitizing some of the
state's historical newspapers.  I knew about this site from some prior
research I had done, and thought it would be a good place to search
for your policeman.

You can visit their collection at:

You may want to eventually conduct a search at this site on the single
word "Abeita" and have a look at all the articles that pop up.

But your first search should be for the article I mentioned.  Just
enter into the search box:

Pablo Abeita

and press "GO" -- this should lead you to a link for the article:

Millard County Chronicle 
A Day in Isleta

It's a chilling article, but it should make for a good read. 

The article should open right up in a viewer in your browser window.  

Before rating this question, please let me know if you have any
trouble accessing the article, or if you need additional information. 
Just post a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you



Request for Answer Clarification by plellias-ga on 16 Apr 2004 07:28 PDT
The research was done promtly and effeciently. I'll rate it with 5 stars!

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 16 Apr 2004 08:40 PDT

Thanks for the kind feedback.

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Good luck with your continuing research on the Abeita family.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 07 May 2004 11:47 PDT

If you haven't already, please have a look at the comment posted today
(at the very bottom of this page) by the current police chief in
Isleta.  It may well be an interesting avenue of information for you.

Subject: Re: Louis Abeita: Biography of the Southern Pueblo Chief of Policeman
From: ipdcar1-ga on 07 May 2004 10:34 PDT
Greetings.  I am the Police Chief for the Isleta Tribal Police. I just
attended the National Law Enforcement Memorial for Officers Killed in
Indian Country at the Indian Police Academy at the Federal Law
Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, NM. I have a modest interest
in history and so I was doing research on the only name listed on the
memorial from Isleta and I happened upon your entry on Google.  My
secretary is an Isleta Tribal member who is also an Abeita (through
marriage). She has informed me that there is still a Tribal member
here who is a descendant of Louis Abeita. If you would like some
further direction, please contact the Isleta Police Department.

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