Lawmakers and state education officials met with representatives of northern New Mexico school districts for several days last week. The interim meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee was held in Dulce, near Chama, up by the New Mexico-Colorado state line.
KUNM’s Hannah Colton was there for the three-day session, which focused primarily on education for Native American students. She spoke with KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel.
COLTON: There were three of the Public Education Department’s five deputy secretaries, so you had this big contingent of state officials. There were experts in Native American education from UNM and elsewhere. You had tribal leaders from the Jicarilla Apache Nation, which is headquartered there in Dulce, and also leaders from the Navajo Nation, Zuni School District, Gallup-McKinley County