This week, New Mexico in Focus begins a series of profiles of Native voters, funded by Vision Maker Media and focusing on issues important to Native Americans and their communities. Antonia Gonzales, NMiF correspondent and co-producer of the Vision Maker series and anchor/producer of National Native News, talks with educator Amidooli "Ami" Pacheco (Kewa) for his thoughts on the connections between education and elections. NMiF also travels to the Santa Fe Indian School to hear from students who participated in a mock election based on the 2016 presidential campaigns.
One in four students in classrooms across the United States is Latino. NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus interviews Tom Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, about work in a court case that highlights disparities in outcomes for Latino, Native American, and African American students.
NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists also weigh in on important news topics of the week.
Tom Saenz, president and general counsel, MALDEF
New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
This program is produced by KNME-TV/NMPBS for a presentation of Vision Maker Media