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. Shaun reports on issues important to Native Americans in urban and tribal communities throughout the state, including education and child welfare.

City seeking information from anyone connected to Albuquerque Indian School

By: - January 7, 2022

The Albuquerque Indian School era lasted nearly 100 years and it’s going to take a community effort to truly understand the scope of the effects it had on the city. Next week, Albuquerque officials will host a series of public conversations, inviting people who have any connection to the school to speak up and give […]

Historic APS board of all women commits to collaboration

By: - January 6, 2022

The congratulatory environment was evident beyond the electoral success of the four new Albuquerque Public Schools Board members.  It was also celebratory in the history of the moment.  Three of the four members were present in-person with family and sworn in by Judge Catherine Begaye (Diné).  After Courtney Jackson was sworn into office, the board […]

Big-money candidates to shift the future of APS board

By: - January 6, 2022

New Mexico’s most expensive school board seats were filled Wednesday. Danielle Gonzales, Crystal Tapia-Romero, Josefina Dominguez and Courtney Jackson were sworn in to take their seats as the newest Albuquerque Public Schools Board members during a virtual meeting at 5 p.m. The four new members raised a staggering amount of money compared with other candidates […]

Pueblos demand input on LANL power line development through sacred site

By: - January 4, 2022

Pueblo leaders are asking the federal government for an extension to evaluate plans to develop a power line through a sacred cultural site in the Santa Fe National Forest. The All Pueblo Council of Governors wrote to the Department of Energy saying tribes were not fully consulted on the plans to build a 12.5 mile, […]

State and county form a unit that specializes in MMIWR cases

By: - December 23, 2021

Nearly two years after Pepita Redhair went missing, and the circumstances around her disappearance are still unclear to law enforcement.  If you talk with her family, the clues are obvious.  She was trying to leave an abusive relationship, family members said, and interactions with police were common. Her ex-boyfriend had a controlling hand on how […]

$478 million for state needs passed by the NM Senate, despite fears of a rushed process

By: and - December 14, 2021

New Mexico is inching closer to spending nearly half of the roughly $1.1 billion in remaining federal relief money given to the state under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon approved $478 million to be distributed to state agencies, covering housing services, upgrades to state parks, pre-trial services […]

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 […]