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.

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 […]

Federal commission adds three Native American languages to voter registration resources

By: - November 29, 2021

Access to voting information got a little bit easier for some Native Americans.  The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has released new national voter registration forms that are available in Diné, Apache and Yup’ik languages. This is the first time the federal commission released voting materials with any type of Native American translations.  The commission […]

Goats initiate Phase 1 of a plan to return some of the Bosque to its natural state

By: - November 24, 2021

The latest public servants tasked with protecting the natural environment that make up Albuquerque’s Bosque eat all day and have four legs.  This week more than 150 goats are munching on weeds at the Candelaria Nature Preserve on the east side of the Rio Grande. The goats are the first step in a new 20-year […]

State’s AG to propose a bill consolidating MMIWR investigations

By: - November 22, 2021

When a person goes missing or is murdered in a tribal community, multiple policy agencies take part in the investigation. The state’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives Task Force is just one entity that has spoken through recent years about how this can stall justice for families seeking answers. Now, task force members […]

ABQ officials to begin radar work and plan for a memorial at boarding school gravesite

By: - November 18, 2021

Listen to the KUNM show Let’s Talk New Mexico hosted by Source NM reporter Shaun Griswold   Changes could be coming to 4-H Park in the area that was used to bury students and staff from the Albuquerque Indian School. Another memorial will be placed in the area of the park where the gravesite is […]

What should be done with the Albuquerque boarding school grave site?

By: - November 18, 2021

The boarding school era was a dark time in U.S. history, and the Albuquerque Indian School was the second-largest school of its kind in the country. So much of the history is left untold. People who survived the worst era of students being abused for speaking traditional language are no longer alive. But the effects […]

NM education leaders expect decision on new social studies standards in early 2022

By: - November 17, 2021

Public Education Department officials in New Mexico said they expect to have a decision on the new social studies standards by early next year. During today’s legislative Education Committee hearing, a PED deputy secretary told lawmakers they are expected to begin the process to adopt the proposals in January. Gwen Perea Warniment, the deputy secretary […]

Billions coming to help tribes access clean water

By: - November 17, 2021

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden yesterday will include full funding for efforts to provide clean water to tribal nations. Over the next five years $3.5 billion will head to the Indian Health Services water and sanitation construction program to pay for tribal clean water projects. On top of that, the […]