This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with two local advocates about the national attention given to the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis. President Biden declared Thursday, May 6, to be Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Awareness Day. His new interior secretary, former New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland, is a member of the Laguna Pueblo and has created a unit within the Bureau of Indian Affairs that is dedicated to the crisis. But new federal attention doesn’t guarantee successful results as myriad levels of government try to work together in an effective fashion.
Early voting has begun in the special election to fill Deb Haaland’s seat in the 1st Congressional District, and the candidates have begun a series of debates on local commercial TV stations. NMiF senior producer Matt Grubs digs in with lengthy interviews with Democratic state Rep. Melanie Stansbury and Republican state Sen. Mark Moores. Expanded early voting locations open May 15 and Election Day is June 1.
MMIW Crisis Gets National Attention
Correspondent: Antonia Gonzales
Angel Charley, executive director, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
Christine Means, MMIW sister and New Mexico task force member
Republican, Democratic Candidate Conversations in CD1
Correspondent: Matt Grubs, NMiF Senior Producer
Mark Moores, Republican state senator
Melanie Stansbury, Democratic state representative