Category Archives: Legislature

Creating New Opportunities For Native American Students

NMiF: Reducing Native American Dropout Rates

April 21, 2017 - The high school graduation rate is rising across the country, but educators say there's more to be done to ensure that Native American and Alaska Native students cross the graduation stage with their peers.

This week, correspondent Antonia Gonzales leads a conversation about how educators, state lawmakers and tribal leaders are working to better address the needs of Native students in New Mexico.

This interview is a partnership with Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, a Native-owned media company.

Additional Reading:
National Center for Education Statistics: Public High School Graduation Rates
Native American Students Left Behind
Education in Indian Country: Running in Place

Native America Calling: At Odds With Eagle Feathers
Native America Calling: Pomp and Circumstance

The Line: Lawmakers Prepare To Sue The Governor

NMiF: State Lawsuits

April 21, 2017 - A group of state lawmakers voted last week to direct legislative staff to prepare to sue Governor Susana Martinez over some vetoes during and after this year's 60-day session. The governor vetoed all funding for higher education and the legislative branch and said lawmakers would have to come back to Santa Fe for a special session to re-negotiate the budget. What does this mean for everyday New Mexicans? Gene Grant and our latest Line opinion panelists debate politics and public perception around the latest news from Santa Fe.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management