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New Mexico tribal leaders, Gov. Martinez gather for annual summit

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SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico — Native American leaders from around New Mexico are gathering at Santa Ana Pueblo for the state's annual tribal summit.

Economic development, health and wellness, and education are among the topics on the agenda. Gov. Susana Martinez also is expected to meet with tribal leaders on Thursday.

Martinez says the summit offers an opportunity to work with tribes in a collaborative way to address issues such as student achievement gaps and health outcomes among Native American populations.

During the regular legislative session earlier this year, lawmakers prioritized additional funding for programs serving minority students, particularly those affecting Native Americans.

Legislators cleared the way for expanding dual credit programs at tribal colleges, enhanced teacher preparation programs focused on English language learners and boosted health initiatives in Indian Country.

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