“This pandemic has separated us, in many ways, physically from each other. From our families. From our communities. From our traditions and gatherings. But despite this physical separation, we’re closer than ever,” said Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo.
The weeklong summit is a chance for tribal leaders to catch up with one another and get direct access to state executive officials ahead of the annual legislative session in January. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is also considering convening another special session in the coming weeks.
The pandemic has hit tribal areas particularly hard, leading to disproportionately high infections and deaths.