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native american issues in new mexicoSupporting New Mexico’s large Native American population is a top priority for many NMAG members. Nearly 10% of New Mexican’s identify themselves as Native – much more than in most states in the nation.

Native Americans in New Mexico are often at a disadvantage when compared to other ethnicities in the state.  Native students have the lowest high school graduation rates of all ethnic groups (49% compared to 68% for whites) in the state.[1]  Native communities continue to struggle with high rates of suicide, drug use, alcoholism and domestic violence.

When it comes to health, Native populations in New Mexico are also at a disadvantage - 73.3% of all adult Native Americans in New Mexico are overweight or obese, and are three times as likely to develop diabetes as compared to whites.[2]

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