August 23, 2019 – This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales goes to Sandia Pueblo for an interview with Sec. Lynn Trujillo of the New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs. Trujillo talks about tribal priorities on the state level, including big changes to education and the state’s response to the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls crisis.
Guest: Sec. Lynn Trujillo, New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs
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.