LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to meet Friday with New Mexico’s N[auth] ative American leaders.
Education, economic development and water are among the issues to be discussed at a tribal-state summit at Laguna Pueblo near Albuquerque.
A 2009 state law requires the governor to meet with tribal leaders at a yearly summit to address issues of mutual concern.
This year’s meeting is the first since the state Supreme Court ordered the governor in April to recognize the Fort Sill Apache as a New Mexico tribe and invite its leader to the summit.
The federal government designated a 30-acre parcel in southern New Mexico as the tribe’s reservation in 2011, but its governmental offices are in Oklahoma.
There are 23 tribes and pueblos in New Mexico.