NMID helps produce Native America Calling episode

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Building off her previous reporting for New Mexico In Depth and elsewhere on efforts to preserve Mount Taylor, reporter Laura Paskus helped produce an episode of Native America Calling on preserving sacred places that airs Friday.

Paskus’ work on the show comes through a partnership between NMID and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, which produces the live, call-in show on Native American issues for public radio stations. NMID and Koahnic also plan to partner on future episodes of Native America Calling (NAC).

Tara Gatewood, host and producer of NAC, says “It’s exciting to call on the skills of another news organization as we focused on the issue that we regularly cover. We see the potential to leverage this partnership to learn from each other while also providing our audience with new perspectives on important issues.”

Partnering with NAC seemed a natural fit for NMID because of its Native America Project, which explores issues crucial to our state’s Native communities and people, said NMID executive director Trip Jennings.

“We are thrilled to work with Native America Calling on such an important and meaningful subject,” Jennings said.

NMID paid for Paskus’ work to do background research and other production for the show.

Native America Calling airs on nearly 70 public, community and tribal stations in the United States and Canada. It airs on Albuquerque’s KUNM-FM weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mount Taylor is located in western New Mexico. The area is sacred to five Native American tribes in New Mexico and Arizona. The tribes have been fighting to have a stronger voice during the decision-making process related to uranium mining and other development on the mountain.

NMID will post audio of Friday’s show on our website after it airs.

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