Supporting 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. 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.
To learn more about Native American issues in New Mexico, view the articles below.