Gov. Susana Martinez is in Ruidoso for meetings with the state's tribal leaders.
The annual Tribal Summit is being held Friday at the Mescalero Apache tribe's Inn of the Mountain Gods.
Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said the governor, most of her cabinet and leaders from the state's nearly two dozen tribes will discuss issues like education, economic development, healthcare and natural resource management.
Knell says the governor appreciates the opportunity together on key challenges, such as raising student achievement and improving health outcomes among Native Americans.
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