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This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales previews the Native Women’s Business Summit, scheduled for April 5 -6. After selling out the first year, organizers have bigger plans for this spring’s conference, which draws from across the country to support Native women who are oftentimes already leaders in their communities, but are faced with unique challenges.

Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the executive director of the Santa Fe Film Office, Eric Witt, to look at a bill passed this legislative session that revamps New Mexico’s film incentive program. The governor seems poised to lift the $50 million annual cap on the program, though some say it offered much-needed predictability for state finances.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel examine the fallout of the news blast that resounded around the nation when U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced he would not seek reelection in 2020. The Line also looks at U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s bill to address the doctor shortage in rural areas like those found in New Mexico. And the Line debates the consequences of New Mexico being named the number one state in the nation for its dependence on the federal government.

Host: Gene Grant

Antonia Gonzales
Megan Kamerick

Field Guests:
Stephine Poston, co-founder, Native Women Lead
Jaclyn Roessel, co-founder, Native Women Lead

Studio Guest:
Eric Witt, executive director, Santa Fe Film Office

Line Panelists:
Sophie Martin, attorney
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator