A discussion about domestic abuse in Indian Country, a look at bilingual education in New Mexico, and the Line panel

NMiF: Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women

This week on New Mexico in Focus, Correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with advocates working to address the stigma of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Indian Country and offering opportunities to help young people learn about healthy relationships. The Coalition to STOP Violence Against Native Women uses culture and social media to support communities while working with tribal leaders, local, state and federal officials to not only advocate for families, but change the conversation about violence.

About 15 percent of New Mexico’s student population participates in some form of bilingual education. Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with educators to talk about what bilingual education looks like in different schools, in our latest Education Desk report.  They also examine how proposed changes to bilingual education in our state might impact students and communities.

And NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the top news stories of the week.

Gene Grant

Antonia Gonzales
Sarah Gustavus

Studio Guests:
Deleana OtherBull (Crow and Northern Cheyenne), Executive Director,
Coalition to STOP Violence Against Native Women
Keioshiah Peter (Navajo), Native Youth Coordinator,
Coalition to STOP Violence Against Native Women
Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw), Professor of Law,
University of New Mexico School of Law
Victoria Tafoya, Director of Operations, Dual Language Education of New Mexico
Damian Vergara Wilson, Coordinator,
Sabine Ulibarri Spanish as a Heritage Language Program, UNM.

Line Panelists:          
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator


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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