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New Mexico trains Native American interpreters for election

October 1, 2018

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico election officials say Native American interpreters are being trained for a series of official ads that will run ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

The Secretary of State’s Office says the ads will air on radio stations that cover areas where tribes and pueblos are located.

The announcement followed a task force meeting Friday at Laguna Pueblo. The task force is made up of people who represent tribes around New Mexico, from the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache in the north to Mescalero and Fort Sill in the south.

Created in 2017, the task force is charged with finding ways to boost voter registration, education and election participation in tribal communities.

According to state election officials, Native Americans historically have some of the lowest voter turnout rates of any ethnic group in the country.

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