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November 27, 2020 – A ‘Shelter in Place’ order is back in effect in New Mexico, at least through the end of November. Statewide, COVID-19 cases continue to surge to record levels, creating massive challenges for state leaders. But New Mexico is also home to 23 Tribes and Pueblos. And this month, leaders from tribal governments gathered, virtually, for the annual Leadership Summit, an event held in conjunction with the state Department of Indian Affairs. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with two of those leaders about upholding sovereignty and working to keep their citizens safe, as well as Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo about the challenges ahead of New Mexico’s Native communities.  

Correspondent: Antonia Gonzales  

Lynn Trujillo, New Mexico Indian Affairs Secretary  
Brian Vallo, Acoma Pueblo Governor     
Gabe Aguilar, Mescalero Apache Tribal President 

For More Information:  
Tribal Leaders Tackle Healthcare, Education in Annual SummitAssociated Press  
Acoma Guv: No Tribal Consultation Before HIS Suspended Services at Medical FacilityNew Mexico Political Report 
New Mexico Indian Affairs Department