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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.

FBI transmits its request for information on violent crimes in Diné Bizaad

By: - April 18, 2022

Radio stations in New Mexico will soon hear more messages from the FBI about people who are missing or homicide cases involving Native Americans.  Many of these messages will have a target audience: Diné Bizaad speakers.  “Navajo speakers will now be able to hear as well as read our posters in their native language,” said […]

HSD language services get funding back after special session

By: - April 14, 2022

Despite a setback, New Mexico is closer to meeting its obligations to translate and interpret for people navigating state offices as they seek aid for food, health care and more. Money is back on the table to pay for a new state mandate that all state agencies — from Human Services to the Children, Youth […]

Picuris Pueblo works to preserve its independence through N.M. recreational cannabis industry

By: - April 1, 2022

Picuris Pueblo stands above a western slope in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico. It’s hidden, the only access being tribal roads off US Highway 75, which connects the towns of Vadito, Peñasco and Dixon to the roads leading to Taos or Española. This offers residents a clear view of anyone entering […]

People have an extra month to weigh in on Chaco Canyon drilling ban

By: - March 30, 2022

The public will have another month to give the Bureau of Land Management input on the proposal that would ban mineral extraction for more than 351,000 acres around Chaco Canyon National Historical Park. Last week federal officials said the public comment period would extend to May 6, 2022. The extension also allows for the federal […]

Two Pueblos sign a deal with N.M. to begin selling legal marijuana. Will it keep feds at bay?

By: - March 28, 2022

Legal recreational cannabis sales begin in New Mexico this week, and two tribal communities are ready to jump into the industry. The Pueblos of Picuris and Pojoaque signed an intergovernmental agreement with New Mexico that allows them to regulate their own marijuana enterprises operating within their communities and apply for state licenses for any business […]

Former superintendent sees some wins in his discrimination lawsuit

By: - March 23, 2022

Dr. Dave Goldtooth is nearing the end of a benchmark in his second semester as principal at  Tséhootsooí Primary Learning Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona. It’s a return home. He beams talking about leading instruction with a predominantly Native American staff for his Navajo students in kindergarten through third grade, educating them on language and […]

Letter outlines more allegations of sexual harassment and bullying from Sen. Ivey-Soto

By: - March 22, 2022

Demands for Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto’s resignation are growing, as are the allegations of misconduct against him. In a letter to New Mexico Senate leadership Monday, Ivey-Soto is accused of eight more incidents where he acted inappropriately with women working as lobbyists in Santa Fe, creating a “larger pattern,” according to the letter’s signatories. The letter […]

Interior Department research into the history of abusive boarding schools should be released in the coming weeks

By: - March 17, 2022

The U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to begin releasing information next month from its investigation into federal boarding schools and their impact on Native American communities. Secretary Deb Haaland said the department is close to completing its research into boarding school sites and the location of possible burial sites “at or near school […]

View of Rio Grande river from Taos Junction Bridge

Federal funding for Pueblo irrigation projects could be stirred into the water act

By: - March 17, 2022

Another attempt to fund irrigation projects in Pueblos across New Mexico is being considered by Congress.  U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) is asking the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to include several proposals benefiting the state’s water infrastructure in the 2022 Water Resources Development Act..  “Our communities across the Southwest are gripped by the […]

New state agency aims to help families in child welfare cases

By: - March 15, 2022

As a child, Alyssa Davis was in and out of courtrooms — so many, she said, that she stopped keeping track after around 30 appearances. She grew up in state foster care, “from zero to 18-years-old,” and was routinely meeting a different attorney representing her in a case five minutes before they saw the judge. […]

State championship tourney at The Pit draws cautious Indigenous players and fans

By: - March 11, 2022

Last year, high school junior Madisen Valdez was dribbling alone at her home in Dulce, New Mexico. COVID-19 forced the Santa Fe Indian School to send all students home and cancel all activities, including sports. Administrators eventually found a way to allow its students to play at a school near where they live. Student athletes […]

Governor nixes junior spending bill, stripping funding from new language access mandate

By: - March 9, 2022

Hundreds of projects statewide had their funding cut by a veto from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.  Wednesday was the last day for the governor to act on legislation that passed during this year’s 30-day legislative session that ended on Feb. 17.  Senate Bill 48 was vetoed. The spending bill appropriated $50.4 million to cover everything […]