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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 his ancestry also includes Jemez and Zuni on the maternal side of his family. He 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.

Redrawn NM congressional map awaits governor’s signature

By: and - December 11, 2021

An updated proposal to redraw New Mexico’s congressional map cleared the state’s House of Representatives on Saturday evening, with Democrats arguing the redrawn political boundaries will bridge the state’s urban-rural divide. The House passed the bill in a 44-24 vote and it’s now headed to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk. Under the latest version of […]

State House reps approve their new voting districts on a near party-line vote

By: - December 10, 2021

A full evening of debate and a couple of failed amendments led to the inevitable: New Mexico House Democrats passed a measure redrawing the boundaries of voting districts for the Legislature’s House of Representatives on a 43-23 vote. The bill heads over to the Senate where the party also holds a majority.  “The Citizens Redistricting […]

Spending bill with money for county hospitals clears the state’s House

By: - December 10, 2021

New Mexico’s effort to divvy up $1.1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act money is another step closer — and spending is a little bit bigger.  Lawmakers are hammering out the details of allocating roughly half of that pot during this special session. The rest will likely be sorted out during January’s regular 30-day […]

House map clears committees with split party-line votes

By: - December 8, 2021

A redistricting map that tribal leaders back passed late Wednesday through its second committee on a 7-4 vote along party lines. Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee favored the proposal for new voting districts for the state’s House of Representatives.  Republicans again rejected the measure. It’s becoming clear state Democrats have the numbers to push […]

Redistricting map for NM House supported by tribal leaders

By: - December 7, 2021

New Mexico is inching closer to a consensus around a redistricting map that will draw lines for the 70 state House legislative voting districts. House Bill 8 was presented to the Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee Tuesday with resounding support from all tribal leaders in New Mexico, a significant gesture echoed in their statements […]

HUD awards millions for tribal housing projects in this region

By: - December 7, 2021

Three more tribal communities in New Mexico will see millions in federal dollars to assist with housing construction and renovation projects. Today, Housing Urban Development Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman announced more than $52 million will be awarded to 49 tribes across the country as part of COVID-19 relief funded through the Indian Community Block Grant […]

That envelope from Tax & Rev might put more cash in your pocket

By: - December 7, 2021

Relief will be coming in the mail for about 20,000 immigrant and working families who will receive a letter from the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department. They’ll be notified they are eligible for a tax credit, which can mean more money in their  bank accounts.  This will be the first year people who do not […]

Neighbors glad for memorial planning at 4-H Park

By: - December 6, 2021

Orange plastic fencing now lines the entire northeast area of 4-H Park, the location where at least 100 students and staff from the early Albuquerque Indian School era are buried. Toy Baldwin lives across the street from the park and said he is happy to learn the city blocked the area. He wants to see […]

NM Planned Parenthood sees uptick in patients from out of state

By: - December 3, 2021

The impact of restrictive abortion laws in other states is already showing up for reproductive health care providers in New Mexico who operate without those legal constraints. Vicki Cowart can tell you the exact number of days since Texas passed a law banning all abortions after 6-weeks. “It went into effect Sept. 1, and immediately, […]

Abortion is not restricted in NM. But is it protected?

By: - December 2, 2021

It’s not time to panic. But stay vigilant.  That’s the advice for abortion rights supporters from Jessica Serrano, an attorney with the Southwest Women’s Law Center, for anyone in New Mexico following the Supreme Court hearing Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Oral arguments were presented yesterday on the case, the outcome of which could […]

Broadband officials ask lawmakers to trust the process

By: - December 1, 2021

It’s not moving at the greatest speed, but New Mexico is keeping its own pace with a five-year plan to get internet service to all parts of the state.  The state’s tech officials told lawmakers about progress on the plan during Monday’s meeting of the Transportation Infrastructure Revenue subcommittee. Meeting attendees heard from Matt Schmit […]

Missing weaver’s work gives family and searchers some hope

By: - November 30, 2021

Ella Mae Begay prepared the materials for another loom to weave a rug in her pictorial style. Her family said she didn’t usually talk much about what she planned to make — save for the commission where people asked her for a rodeo scene or a classic truck in front of red hills. They often […]