Tribal Summit

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson, state officials and tribal leaders gathered Wednesday at Isleta Pueblo for the annual state-tribal leaders summit.

Education, economic development and collaboration on anti-drunken driving initiatives were among the topics.

Richardson says the summit promotes open communication and cooperation with the tribes.

The summit is a requirement of the state Tribal Collaboration Act, which was signed by the governor last year.

This year's summit identified the need to develop a system for streamlining funding for tribal infrastructure programs, establish a permanent tribal economic development advisory committee, increase tribal participation in DWI programs and improve implementation of existing statutes to support the teaching of Native languages.

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