- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Indian Health Services will support nine New Mexico tribes’ and tribal organizations’ efforts to reduce suicide, drug addiction and domestic violence with $4.39 million in federal grants.

U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, of New Mexico, say the money will be distributed over the next five years to Isleta, Acoma, Ohkay Owingeh, Sandia, Santo Domingo and Taos pueblos, as well as the Ramah Navajo School Board, First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, the Five Sandoval Pueblos and Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Council.

Heinrich says the state’s rural tribal communities often have access to fewer health resources, and the IHS money is intended to help close that gap as it supports efforts to develop culturally appropriate prevention and treatment programs.

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