Jeanette DeDios

Jeanette DeDios

Jeanette DeDios is from the Jicarilla Apache and Diné Nations and grew up in Albuquerque, NM. She recently graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2022 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism, English and Film. Jeanette can be contacted at [email protected] or via Twitter @JeanetteDeDios.

As Farm Bill languishes, Leger Fernández hears from New Mexico agricultural community

By: - November 7, 2023

As the federal Farm Bill continues to stagnate in Congress, U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández hosted a roundtable last week with New Mexico farmers and ranchers to hear their concerns. Leger Fernández said she’s hopeful that bipartisan efforts will help push the Farm Bill through because of the House’s shared interests in it, such as […]

Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District voting begins for three open positions

By: - September 20, 2023

Early voting starts on Tuesday for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District where three positions are up for election. Board members of the Conservancy District make decisions that impact all of us, like maintaining river flood protection, drainage, and water storage for irrigation in the middle Rio Grande Valley, from Cochiti to Socorro. The district […]

Albuquerque apartment residents form a union to protest ‘uninhabitable conditions’

By: - August 18, 2023

Tenants of the Artisan Village in Albuquerque’s Sawmill neighborhood have formed a union to demand that the owners and property managers address ongoing issues. They held a rally this week at the property. Members of the Sawmill Tenants Union said they are living in “uninhabitable conditions” in their apartments. The People’s Housing Project is helping […]

Navajo Nation gives updates on program to bring electricity to communities

By: - August 9, 2023

In a legislative meeting on Monday the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) reported on an initiative that’s working to bring electricity to rural Navajo communities. NTUA serves a territory of over 27,000 square miles across the Navajo Nation. Within that territory, 32% lack electricity and 86% lack natural gas with many having to rely on coal and firewood to […]

NM lawmakers share thoughts, concerns on AI tech

By: - July 27, 2023

A legislative committee held a second day of hearings on artificial intelligence on Tuesday to hear how state governments and federal officials are handling concerns about the technology. Last year 35% of organizations reported that they were using AI technology in their business. The rapid growth of artificial intelligence has left state and federal governments scrambling to […]

Summit to give an update on Yazzie/Martinez case

By: - June 7, 2023

The 2023 Institute of American Indian Education (IAIE) is hosting a summit to give an update ahead of the five year anniversary of the Yazzie-Martinez v. State of New Mexico ruling. In 2014, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) brought a lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) and the […]

Burnt up remnants from what used to be a house sit in a forest full of dead trees.

U.S. Forest Service says it’s not obligated to follow state law on prescribed burns

By: - June 6, 2023

The U.S. Forest Service scheduled two prescribed burns last week in the southwest part of the state despite a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service. Ultimately the agency burned the day before, but not the day of the warning. However, officials also said a new state law banning burning during red flag […]

New Mexico adds insomnia to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis

By: - May 18, 2023

The New Mexico Department of Health’s medical cannabis program announced this week that it will be adding insomnia to the program’s list of qualifying conditions for enrollments starting on June 1, 2023. Insomnia is a common medical complaint experienced by up to 70 million U.S. adults per year according to the Institute of Medicine. The […]

Native American theater company ready to mark its footprint

By: - April 28, 2023

Two Worlds is a Native American theater company dedicated to telling Native stories through performing arts. Artistic director Kim Gleason said the inaugural festival is primarily about Native people reclaiming their own identity by representing themselves through a Native lens within the plays as actors and incorporating issues that are affecting Native people today. “We […]

The NDN Girls Book Club is igniting a spark for Native American literature

By: - April 21, 2023

Kinsale Drake started teaching writing and literary workshops to children when she was seventeen. She’d help with anything, from teaching poetry to editing portfolios and submissions students sent to fellowships or literary journals. Drake’s newest endeavor, The NDN Girls Book Club, is not just a bookclub and it’s not just for Native American girls.  The […]

Legislature passes bill requiring more transparency in budget process

By: - March 17, 2023

As we near the end of the legislative session in Santa Fe, we’re also in the middle of Sunshine Week. That’s a national initiative by the News Leaders Association to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of hidden agendas. A bill that passed and is on it’s way to […]

A statue of several children outside the entrance to the New Mexico state capitol is covered in snow.

Bill for Native American early childhood education heads to governor

By: - March 14, 2023

The youngest school kids in New Mexico are one step closer to seeing commitments to teach cultural education in tribal head start programs. House Bill 148 mandates the New Mexico Early Childhood and Education Department work with tribes through intergovernmental agreements to administer and provide funding for early childhood programs using a tribe’s cultural teachings […]