ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to the nation's largest American Indian reservation Thursday to sign a bill that aims to tackle a problem that has plagued many communities across Indian Country.
Martinez stopped in the Navajo community of Shiprock to sign legislation that establishes a framework for creating a statewide clearinghouse for suicide prevention along with culturally-based prevention initiatives.
The legislation marks a first step by the state to address the problem of high suicide rates among Indian youth in New Mexico.
The legislation was sparked in part by a string of suicides in Thoreau and on the Mescalero reservation between 2009 and 2010.