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Native Americans draft redistricting proposals in New Mexico

Sep 10, 2021

Credit Debra Haaland

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Native American communities across New Mexico are putting the finishing touches on proposed redistricting maps aimed at greater self-determination in future public elections.

Participants in a redistricting commission for New Mexico’s Indigenous pueblo communities said Friday that map proposals may be finalized as soon as next week. The maps will be submitted to a seven-member Citizen Redistricting Commission that is reviewing and vetting redistricting maps for the Legislature, which can adopt recommendations or start from scratch.

The state is home to 23 federally recognized tribes with growing political clout on the state and national level.