A look at how tribal and state leaders are working to address the needs of Native American students in our schools, plus The Line Panel

NMiF: Native American students

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales looks at how individuals and programs are helping to reduce the dropout rate for Native American students across the country, including right here in New Mexico.  She sat down recently with some local leaders to talk about what's working and how they are using resources from tribes, the state, and federal government to better meet the needs of Native students. This segment is a partnership with Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, a native-owned media company that produces Native America Calling and National Native News.

And Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate several top stories in the news, including the decision by Albuquerque Public Schools to cut middle school sports programs, the Legislative Council’s plans to sue Governor Martinez to block her vetoes, and what will happen to travelers if Amtrak’s route through Albuquerque is cut by the Trump administration.

Gene Grant

Antonia Gonzales

Studio Guests:
Juan Rey Abeita (Isleta Pueblo), Isleta Pueblo Tribal Councilman
Derrick J. Lente (Sandia Pueblo), NM State Representative-District 65
Glenabah Martinez (Taos Pueblo/Diné), associate professor,
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies Program, UNM College of Education

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


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.

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