October 18, 2019 – In recognition of New Mexico’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which replaced Columbus Day, the New Mexico in Focus crew headed to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to capture the sights and sounds of the celebration.
Guests: Tiana Cachini, Miss Zuni 2019
John Ghahate, Museum Cultural Educator
Derrick Lente, NM State Representative
Shaandiin Parrish, Miss Navajo Nation 2019
October 11, 2019 – On Monday, October 14, New Mexico officially celebrates its first Indigenous People’s Day. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill this year which replaces Columbus Day with the new celebration. New Mexico has joined a handful of states to scrap the federal observance. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with three Native artists and activists to talk about what Indigenous Peoples’ Day means to them, how they plan to celebrate, and how they can communicate what the day is about to non-Indigenous people who are curious.