American Indian tribes have a unique relationship with the U.S. federal government. This week, New Mexico in Focus correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with a Native scholar for a brief overview of tribal treaty rights, and she speaks with the Jonathan Nez, vice president of the Navajo Nation, about the significance of their 150-year-old treaty with the United States. That treaty, signed in 1868, ensured the Navajo people's return home from incarceration in Fort Sumner, N.M., to their traditional homelands hundreds of miles away.

Additionally, Gene Grant is back with the Line opinion panelists to debate campaign financing efforts in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and look at the effect of an imminent closure of an important behavioral health provider in the Taos area. They also look at the recent report of priest sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania and the scandal’s connection to New Mexico.

Due to this week's pledge drive, New Mexico in Focus airs Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. and repeats Sunday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m.

Studio Guests
Nick Estes, assistant professor, University of New Mexico
Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Vice President

Line Panelists
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney

Antonia Gonzales

Gene Grant

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

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation, the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME TV, and viewers like You.

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