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.
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.
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