For decades, our rural, frontier and tribal communities have been overlooked or forgotten. From the Southwest to the East Coast, tribal villages and reservations in between, from the rust belt and our agricultural rich Midwest, these communities have seen debilitating job loss and opportunity, crumbling infrastructure and vast attrition.
New Mexico’s rural communities are diverse microcosms stretching from our immigrant populations living in the colonias areas along the border; to our agricultural rich communities along the Rio Grande; to our generational Hispanic families in northern NM; to our sovereign tribal nations, and our oil and gas communities in northwest and southeast NM.
Our hope is that the information gleaned from this summit will inform legislative discussions and interim work to craft legislation that finally and fully understands rural needs and priorities.
In recent meetings Rep. Roger Montoya and Isaac Dakota Casados have had with White House and administration officials, they believe The New Mexico Rural Summit "could be a road-map for addressing inequity in rural America and ensuring funds from the Infrastructure and Jobs Act meet rural communities in this great time of need"–which hasn’t seen a major investment since the Eisenhower administration.
Representative Roger Montoya, NM House, District 40
Isaac Dakota Casados, Chief of Staff for Rep. Roger Montoya