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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.

Preserving the natural sonic environment in Bears Ears

By: - September 7, 2022

Sounds and vibration give life and disrupt it.  Take a walk in any city park, and you’ll notice many wearing headphones to cancel out the noise that interjects modern urban existence. A walk in the bosque is only as serene as the distance between overpasses. Portable speakers are now common on hiking trails, furthering the […]

State-funded reproductive health clinic could face a worker shortage 

By: - September 1, 2022

The excitement following the governor’s promise to put $10 million toward a reproductive health clinic in southern New Mexico is peppered with the reality that there is a serious health care worker shortage in the state.  When Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the investment Wednesday in an executive order, she paraphrased a famous line from […]

DeSantis joins NM’s Republican candidate for governor in oil country

By: - August 15, 2022

CARLSBAD, N.M. — New Mexico’s conservative voters lined up for hours to listen to the state’s top Republican politicians during a campaign event at Carlsbad’s Walter Gerrells Performing Arts And Exhibition Center on Sunday. U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell joined GOP gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on stage to rally voters. Even […]

Millions for internet infrastructure awarded to tribal communities in N.M.

By: - August 12, 2022

If it wasn’t obvious by the packed conference room at Isleta Casino Thursday morning, the excitement became clear in the loud applause after each of five tribal communities in New Mexico were awarded millions for broadband projects. Jicarilla Apache Tribe. Mescalero Apache. Isleta Pueblo. Santo Domingo Pueblo. All had sections of community leaders in the […]

Feds open grant for state to count and clean up abandoned coal mine sites

By: - August 12, 2022

New Mexico could soon have money to build an inventory of exactly how many coal mines were abandoned in the state before 1977. The Interior Department announced earlier this month that the state can now apply for $2.4 million as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by Congress in 2021, a key element of […]

“This is not what Albuquerque is,” says brother of Muslim man killed days ago

By: - August 11, 2022

Shock, relief, solidarity and a sense of concern for what could happen next is on the minds of the Albuquerque community trying to process why the suspect arrested Tuesday would kill four people — if he did what police are indicating he has.  Muhammad Syed saw a judge Wednesday after having been charged with the […]

Police arrest a suspect in the slayings of four Muslim men in New Mexico

By: - August 9, 2022

Muhammad Syed is facing homicide charges for two men killed in recent weeks in Albuquerque, and he is being investigated in two additional shooting deaths. The killings sparked widespread fear of targeted violence against the Muslim community.  Law enforcement said Syed knew the victims, and an “interpersonal conflict may have led to the shooting,” during […]

New Mexico starts the work of hiring a new PRC

By: - August 2, 2022

New Mexico put out a help wanted sign for three people to take over as the Public Regulation Commission. In 2020, New Mexico voters gave state leadership the duty to reform how it picks the members of the PRC, the state regulatory agency that oversees everything from sewers, to gas lines, internet and electricity.  A […]

Parents react to false public statements from Taos Sheriff’s Office about daughter’s death

By: - August 1, 2022

Weeks after Coral Dawn Bernal died in July 2020, her father called the lead investigator into her death for an update only to learn that the Taos County Sheriff’s Office closed the case. Carpio Bernal said when he made the call, he thought he was just following up on a list of names and contact […]

Investigator completes harassment probe of NM Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto

By: - July 28, 2022

The investigation into bullying and sexual harassment allegations against a prominent New Mexico state senator is complete, though conclusions aren’t available to the public, said Common Cause New Mexico’s Heather Ferguson. The probe seems to have expanded to include more people who brought forward similar experiences. Lobbyist Marianna Anaya filed an official complaint about Sen. […]

FBI assembles 177 active cases of Indigenous people missing from NM and Navajo Nation

By: - July 27, 2022

Walcie Downing was last seen in 1956. Her case is the oldest on the list. Brittney Clinton, Clark Lanaya and Jimmy Owens were last seen a few days ago, on July 14. They are the latest additions. According to the FBI, 177 Native Americans are missing from New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. The FBI’s […]

The legacy of a Taos Pueblo poet traced through what she touched

By: - July 21, 2022

TAOS PUEBLO – Coral Dawn Bernal wrote on anything. Her handwriting is found on empty cigarette packs, receipts, loose paper and dozens of notebooks filled front and back with her poetry. Bernal’s family said they’ve discovered more than 800 poems she wrote in her brief life, cut short in part by debilitating medical issues.  Her […]