This week, New Mexico in Focus begins a series of profiles of Native voters, funded by Vision Maker Media and focusing on issues important to Native Americans and their communities. 

Over the next four weeks, NMiF presents a 5-part series, Elections 2016: Voting For Future Generations. Topics include: Education (Sept. 30), Economic Development (Oct. 7), Environment -2 parts (Oct 14), and Justice (Oct. 21). This program is produced by New Mexico PBS for a presentation of Vision Maker Media with major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

This week’s focus is education. Antonia Gonzales, NMiF correspondent and co-producer of the Elections 2016: Voting For Future Generations series and anchor/producer of National Native News, talks with educator Amidooli "Ami" Pacheco (Kewa) for his thoughts on the connections between education and elections.

The show airs Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Additionally, NMiF also travels to the Santa Fe Indian School to hear from students who participated in a mock election based on the 2016 presidential campaigns. One in four students in classrooms across the United States is Latino.

NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus interviews Tom Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, about work in a court case that highlights disparities in outcomes for Latino, Native American, and African American students.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists also weigh in on important news topics of the week.


  • Tom Saenz, president and general counsel, MALDEF


  • Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
  • Dede Feldman, former state senator
  • Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP


  • Sarah Gustavus
  • Antonia Gonzales, co-producer of the Elections 2016: Voting For Future Generations series and producer/anchor of National Native News  


  • 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.

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

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Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.