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Protecting Water In Standing Rock And New Mexico

New Mexico in Focus: Standing Rock

February 10, 2017 - The Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux tribes have vowed to continue to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in court. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a final easement for the project earlier this week.

New Mexico filmmaker Tony Estrada was at the Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud Sioux, Hunkpapa Sioux and Sacred Stone camps from November through December, and spoke with some water protectors who came from New Mexico to support opposition to the project. This week we hear what they said about the connections between what's happening at Standing Rock and environmental concerns back home.

Featured in the film:

Amber Morningstar Byars
Oklahoma Choctaw | student, Institute of American Indian Arts

Doreen Bird
Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM water protector

Vanessa Bowen
Diné | Albuquerque, NM artist/writer

David Naranjo
Santa Clara, San Juan & Cochiti Pueblos, NM | student, Institute of American Indian Arts

Benjamin Shendo
Jemez & Cochiti Pueblos, NM water protector

April Goltz
Albuquerque, NM freelance writer

Carol Davis
Diné | Diné CARE coordinator

Brett A. Myrick
Navy Seal Veteran, gourd dance & eagle warrior societies

Earl Tulley
Diné | Diné CARE board VP

Graham Biyáál
Diné | Shiprock, NM water protector


New Mexico in Focus - From New Mexico to Standing Rock
National Native News: Dakota Access Pipeline

How the repeal of the ACA could effect New Mexico, reforming ethics to help the local economy, protecting water in Standing Rock and New Mexico, tribal leaders discuss priorities on American Indian Day, and a discussion about behavioral health funding.

Flags at Standing Rock

Photo by Antonia Gonzales

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland reports from the Roundhouse on efforts to create an independent ethics commission and she speaks with the new Secretary of State about increasing transparency. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales, at the Roundhouse on American Indian Day, speaks with current and future leaders about priorities for their tribes. Both interviews are part of People, Power and Democracy, a project that covers ethics, transparency and accountability in state government.

Since 2015, a tax overwhelmingly approved by voters is providing up to $20 million annually for mental health programs in Bernalillo County. Correspondent Megan Kamerick talks with city and county officials and a mental health advocate about progress made so far in getting more services to more people in distress. 

In November and December of 2015, Navajo filmmaker Tony Estrada was at several camps near the Standing Rock Reservation where people were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL projects. Estrada spoke with those wishing to protect key water sources and interviewed some water protectors who came from New Mexico to support opposition to the project.

New Mexico in Focus host Gene Grant sits down with a representative from New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, an authority on health policy, and an advocate for Native Americans to talk about how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could affect our state. 

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Antonia Gonzales
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Douglas Chaplin, director, Family & Community Services, city of Albuquerque
Katrina Hotrum, director, Substance Abuse Programs, Bernalillo County
Jim Ogle, member, Behavioral Health Taskforce and
former president, NAMI-New Mexico
Roxane Spruce Bly, independent consultant, Bly and Associates
Gabriel Sanchez, director, RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM and Latino Decisions,
Linda Wedeen, interim CEO, New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (beWellnm)

Note: there is no Line Panel this week


New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

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