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Reducing Substance Abuse in Indian Country


May 17, 2019 – Tribal leaders, community members and public health workers are seeking to reduce opioid and substance abuse among Native Americans. Increased use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. and has led tribes to coordinate with interested parties to examine prevention efforts, treatment, recovery and laws governing the drugs.  The opioid crisis was among top issues discussed at the National Indian Health Board’s annual National Tribal Public Health Summit. This year’s gathering was held in Albuquerque, bringing together leaders and health experts focused on improving the overall wellbeing of tribal communities.

NMiF correspondent Antonia Gonzales speaks with health experts who are focused on pressing public health needs in tribal communities.


For Further Reading:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Opioid Overdose
National Indian Health Board

Stacy Bohlen, CEO, National Indian Health Board
Dr. Ron Shaw, CEO, Osage Nation Health Services and past president, Association of American Indian Physicians

New Mexico Congresswoman-Elect Deb Haaland Makes History

Deb Haaland

December 7, 2018 – NMiF host Gene Grant sits down with one of the state’s newest members of the U.S. Congress. Deb Haaland made history last month by becoming one of the first female Native American candidates to win a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives. In one of her first in-depth interviews, Haaland talks about what her victory means for Native representation in Washington, D.C. She also lays out her top priorities for the next two years, and her approach to constituent services back here in the First Congressional District.    

Deb Haaland, Congresswoman Elect, New Mexico’s First Congressional District