This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick talks with two scholars at The University of New Mexico about a delicate subject – slavery. Slavery was common in the Southwest, especially in our state. Native Americans were captured and sold to Hispanic families, a practice that continued up to and beyond the Civil War. They were called genízaros. Scholars Enrique Lamadrid and Moises Gonzales, editors and contributing authors of “Nación Genízara”, explain history’s impact on New Mexico’s identity.

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with Native women’s advocates Cheyenne Antonio and Christina Castro to talk about the MMIW – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – movement. The Urban Indian Health Institute pointed out in 2018 that New Mexico has the highest number of cases in the country.  In June, a report by UNM’s Native American Budget and Policy Institute sought to better understand the issues here and gave advocates a way to keep the MMIW crisis in the news.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the surprising firing of Public Education Secretary Karen Trujillo after only six months on the job.  The group also debates the public’s right to know the details of the wrongful death lawsuit over the 2013 killing of 9-year-old Omaree Varela. The Line’s final topic concerns a lending program for municipal employees that provides a high-interest alternative to even higher-interest payday loans.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus 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.

Studio Guests

Line Panelists

  • Diane Denish, former NM lieutenant governor
  • Dave Mulryan, founder, Everybody Votes
  • Edmund E. Perea, attorney 
  • H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator


  • Antonia Gonzales & Megan Kamerick


  • Gene Grant   

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and arts issues, and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

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