Category Archives: Poverty

Former U.S. Senator Fred Harris

NMIF: former U.S. Senator Fred Harris

December 1, 2017 – Correspondent Russell Contreras sits down for an exclusive interview with former U.S. Senator Fred Harris. The Corrales, NM, resident was Oklahoma’s U.S. senator from 1964 to 1973 and was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission. The Commission’s report, which came out in 1968, examined the conditions of poverty and race in America. Senator Harris will soon release a book on the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report.

Fred Harris, former U.S. Senator
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Re-connecting With A Healthy Lifestyle: Replacing Soda With Water

NMiF: Healthy Lifestyle

November 3, 2017 – One way to address high obesity rates in Native American communities is to encourage families to drink less soda and more water. The STAR school near Leupp, Arizona is offering several incentives for students to swap out water for sugar-sweetened beverages. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales and producer Sarah Gustavus traveled to the Navajo Nation recently to examine how a lack of access to water in many homes influences beverage choices and what might be done to increase water consumption among young people.

This series was produced with support from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism in collaboration with National Native News.