This week, New Mexico in Focus (NMiF) will report on the Standing Rock protests that took place this year in North Dakota and why New Mexicans showed their support.

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with New Mexico residents to talk about their motives for protesting at Standing Rock and why there may be a connection between the controversial pipeline and other environmental concerns in the Land of Enchantment.

Also in this week’s episode, correspondent Megan Kamerick looks at the role of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers in the courts and foster care system in New Mexico. CASA volunteers play a vital role in these children’s lives, having influence on where the child will live and ensuring their physical, mental, and educational needs are met.

NMiF host Gene Grant, along with the Line opinion panelists, will debate local stories that have made headlines this week.

The show regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1 and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.

NMiF is New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and in the Southwest.


  • Krystal Goolsby, foster care advocate
  • Annie Rasquin, executive director of CASA, 1st Judicial District
  • Doreen Sansom, CASA volunteer
  • Madison Arviso, Navajo
  • Judi Cornelius, Oglala Lakota and Oneida
  • Lynnette Haozous, San Carlos Apache



  • Antonia Gonzales
  • Megan Kamerick


  • Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus is the producer of NMiF with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for NMiF is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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