Tag Archives: Native Americans

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

The Line: Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Over Chaco-Area Drilling

1144 Chaco Canyon Drilling

May 4, 2018 – After he seemed to agree that drilling around Chaco Canyon violated historic preservation laws, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to protect the area. While it was good news for the oil and gas industry, Indigenous and environmental activists will seek to appeal his decision. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists talk about the sacredness of the Chaco area to Native Americans and debate whether historic preservation laws need to change.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

For further reading:
Judge dismisses historic preservation claim in drilling case – by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press