MESCALERO, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez and Native American leaders are meeting in southern New Mexico for an annual tribal-state summit.
Education, water rights and natural resources, and tribal infrastructure and economic development are among the topics for Friday's meeting at a resort hotel and casino operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
A banquet was held Thursday evening for the governor and leaders of New Mexico's 22 tribes and pueblos.
A 2009 state law requires the governor to meet with tribal leaders each year in a summit to address issues of mutual concern. American Indians account for about 9 percent of New Mexico's population, according to the Census Bureau.
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New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.