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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.

City Council formally recognizes the burial ground for Albuquerque Indian School students

By: - October 5, 2021

Albuquerque city councilors made an official step forward to assist with the next steps of the Native American grave site at 4-H Park.  A resolution recognizing the cemetery where students from Albuquerque Indian School are buried at the city-run park was passed with a unanimous vote at the Monday, Oct. 4 Council meeting.  Councilors Lan […]

Families gather to speak for MMIW in Old Town

By: - October 4, 2021

Pepita Redhair was the name and face on the flyer for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives awareness event in Albuquerque.  She wasn’t the only person with family demanding answers during Sunday’s event.  Shawna Toya. Ranelle Rose Bennett. Zachariah Juwan Shorty. Wilhelmina Denise Whitewater. Jamie Lynette Yazzie. Ella Mae Begay. All these people […]

New Mexicans get to weigh in on how social studies is taught in public schools

By: - September 29, 2021

The state Public Education Department released new standards for social studies that were prepared by by educators from across New Mexico. People can read the proposal here.  “This is the first full review of our social studies standards in 20 years, so it is beyond time for this update,” Public Education Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus […]

See your possible SNAP benefit when the program is boosted Oct. 1

By: - September 29, 2021

Starting in October, many New Mexicans will have more money to spend on food.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will increase monthly benefits to more than 539,000 people in N.M. that qualify for the nutrition subsidy on Oct. 1. Individuals, on average, will see at least $36 more in their SNAP accounts. Families of […]

Don’t mix vaccines. But sign up for a booster if you can.

By: - September 28, 2021

Eligible New Mexicans can now receive their COVID booster shot.  Key in making sure you can get your next jab:  The booster is only available for people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. That’s it.  New Mexico Department of Health officials advise people not to mix vaccines.  Again, if you did not get the Pfizer vaccine, […]

Policing, racism and homelessness center stage in the 2021 ABQ mayoral election

By: - September 28, 2021

The three mayoral candidates on the ballot in Albuquerque say they want the same thing.  A better city.  Radio personality Eddy Aragon: “As somebody who loves Albuquerque and has lived in different places, we need to do what we can in order to turn this city around. I’m going to run this city like somebody […]

Indigenous communities face choices about Indian School gravesite in Albuquerque

By: - September 27, 2021

The rain came after a prayer and an apology.  Clouds were visible miles away from the Native American Community Academy when Terry Sloan (Diné/Hopi) opened Saturday’s event to acknowledge, heal and reflect on a city park built on an Albuquerque Indian Boarding School cemetery.  By the time Mayor Tim Keller took the podium after a […]

City seeks public input on what’s next for the Indian School gravesite at 4-H Park

By: - September 22, 2021

Indigenous leaders in Albuquerque now need the public to speak on reconciling and recognizing the mass gravesite at the former Indian School.  “As we honor and pay our respects to our ancestors at the sacred site that the 4-H Park burial site represents,” Terri Sloan said in a statement, “we must begin the healing from […]

After remote schooling, students and educators seek social smarts

By: - September 20, 2021

In more than 20 years working with some of the most at-risk students in New Mexico, Leslie Kelly always looked for ways to meet kids wherever their heads might be on any given day. One day, that included an arm-wrestling competition with her middle school class.  “Some of the boys were bigger than me,” Kelly […]

Distance doesn’t have to become isolation for Indigenous elders

By: - September 20, 2021

Call grandma. That’s Larry’s Curley’s message.  So I did. It went something like this:  “Grandma, it’s Shaun. How are you?” “Hi babba! I’m great, how are you? How is your mom?” We went back and forth a good half hour, catching up on family business and chatting a little football before she had to leave […]

Popular app AllTrails leads people to sacred sites, some on tribal lands

By: - September 18, 2021

Leaving the hazy Albuquerque skies, escaping the smoke of distant wildfires covering the Sandia Mountains, you cross west past Nine Mile Hill — maybe make a quick stop to place a wager at the casino — and then drive on until you reach the red rocky mesas. Here, 18-wheelers from the east are the only things […]

Huge dip in school COVID cases draws cautious optimism

By: - September 16, 2021

It might be a bright spot for New Mexico public schools fighting COVID-19. It might be an anomaly.  Either way, Public Education Secretary-designate Kurt Steinhaus is cautiously optimistic at the 37% dip in on-campus infections.  “When I looked at that, the first time I thought, hmm, we better double check the data and make sure […]