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Shaun Griswold

Shaun Griswold

Shaun Griswold is a journalist in Albuquerque. He is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and grew up in Albuquerque and Gallup. He brings a decade of print and broadcast news experience. Most recently he covered Indigenous affairs with New Mexico In Depth. Shaun reports on issues important to Native Americans in urban and tribal communities throughout the state, including education and child welfare.

Police chiefs respond to concerns about bias and victim-blaming in MMIWR cases

By: - October 25, 2021

Shelda Livingston and her family say the complicated background of her sister Pepita Redhair led Albuquerque Police Department officers to discriminate against her during their investigation into Redhair’s disappearance in March 2020.  “We feel like there was no investigation done, or completed, or even started,” Livingston said Thursday during a live radio program addressing missing […]

Community safety responders train for their first weeks in the field

By: - October 22, 2021

On the first floor of Albuquerque City Hall, in the former spot where people paid water bills in person, an actor is training the newest community safety responders. “Are you a narc? Are you here to get a fix? Why are you here? Who are you?” The actor addresses the woman who is in training, […]

New Mexico PBS to broadcast educational materials to 100 students’ computers

By: - October 21, 2021

Five New Mexico school districts will take part in a pilot program testing a technology that transmits school work to students’ homes via their television. Transmitters the size of a playing card deck will be sent to 100 families in the districts chosen to test the program. The transmitters will pick up education materials and […]

Bringing more attention to missing and murdered Indigenous relatives

By: - October 21, 2021

Full episode of “Let’s Talk New Mexico” on KUNM Radio Oct. 21, 2021 Pepita Redhair’s family is still looking.  Redhair was reported missing at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Her family says the Albuquerque police investigation did not seem complete. Her boyfriend, the last person to see her, had a brief […]

DOH will allow some hospitals to ration care

By: - October 18, 2021

Unvaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are increasing the amount of patients needing care at New Mexico hospitals amid a shortage of staff and resources. Most New Mexico hospitals are above 100% capacity. In response, the state Department of Health announced Monday, Oct. 18, that it will allow some hospitals to ration treatment by using the […]

New Mexico’s lone shark attack

By: - October 15, 2021

New Mexico has had one shark attack since 1900, a glaring statistic considering it’s one of the few landlocked states with an incident. It all started with a tweet. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis published the innocuous post on Monday from his personal verified account that has more than 112,500 followers. Colorado is tied for state […]

Educator association calls for better pay and more planning time

By: - October 14, 2021

Pay teachers and their support staff.  That’s at the top of the legislative priorities for the National Education Association of New Mexico, a coalition that surveyed thousands of teachers in the state.  Wages, health care, better time planning instruction, support for community schools, attention to class size and early childhood education are the six pillars […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day in photos

By: and - October 12, 2021

Across New Mexico, people from tribal communities gathered yesterday to celebrate everything Native. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is every second Monday of October in the state.  “Having all of these people joined together to reclaim a holiday that was that was based off of genocide and rape … it’s a very healing feeling, seeing everyone come […]

Tribal leaders praise Haaland and the US government for restoring Bears Ears

By: - October 8, 2021

Tribal leaders in the Four Corners and across the country are ecstatic at the news that President Joe Biden signed proclamations this afternoon fully restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments that were both cut into by the previous administration by nearly 2 million acres total. The All Pueblo Council of Governors, which represents […]

2021 Indigenous Peoples’ Day set to be the biggest to date

By: - October 8, 2021

The future is Indigenous.  Those words come from Dr. Christina M. Castro (Jemez / Taos) as she describes the Indigenous Peoples’ Day event her organization Three Sisters Collective is hosting in O’ga P’ogeh (aka Santa Fe). “Indigenous arts, culture, food and everything is literally the backbone of the economy of Santa Fe as the state […]

Indigenous educators ask lawmakers to support culturally sustaining programs

By: - October 7, 2021

Buzzwords surrounding education reform in New Mexico can have different meanings. Culturally relevant education is a term that will mean something different for each community.  Tracey Cordero, the director at the Keres Children’s Learning Center in Cochiti Pueblo, has a direct answer that could fit within many different places. “It is nothing more than telling […]

Former superintendent files discrimination lawsuit against Four Corners school district

By: - October 6, 2021

Dave Goldtooth says he was shocked when he received the call to lead the Central Consolidated School District.  It was a dream job, and despite his initial hesitation, Goldtooth (Diné) accepted the offer to serve as the interim superintendent for the Four Corners district with more than 6,000 students, 90% of whom are Native American.  […]