Santa Clara Pueblo Gov. Walter Dasheno has a slew of topics to raise, including education, health care and putting more Native Americans on the federal bench and in senior government positions.
Dasheno's northern New Mexico community of 2,800 residents wants to build a clinic within the next five years, but he is unsure whether changes to Medicare and Medicaid and the stalemate on spending and taxes in Congress could dash residents' hopes.
"Indian people have never been in the forefront of receiving an equitable share of funds," Dasheno said.
Associated Press writer Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque contributed to this report.
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