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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.

Friends, family grieve for ‘mighty’ and ‘fearless’ Brett Rosenau

By: - July 18, 2022

When the sun set in downtown Albuquerque, a light breeze cooled the streets, causing some people to cup their hands around the candles they just lit for Brett Rosenau on Friday. Friends, family, community members and advocates pushing for justice shared one feeling — Brett should be alive enjoying another Albuquerque summer night breeze. Rosenau, […]

APD way behind in investigating ‘use of force,’ including SWAT scenes, monitor’s report shows

By: - July 14, 2022

As advocates in the city continue to call for justice after a SWAT standoff last week resulted in a boy’s death, the Albuquerque Police Department is facing a huge backlog of investigations into officers using force and violence, according to a federal monitor overseeing police reform. “Use of force” as the monitor defines it can […]

Fallout from SCOTUS decision on tribal legal authority may not be felt so keenly in NM

By: - July 13, 2022

Tribal courts in New Mexico could be shielded from ramifications of a recent Supreme Court decision due to established law codified by Congress and a friendlier relationship with the state government. The Supreme Court ruling in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta is causing some concern for Native American legal experts because the court grants greater power by […]

The push to tap NM’s Land Grant Permanent Fund for education

By: - July 11, 2022

Tribal leaders and advocates leading education reform in New Mexico launched their campaign to ask voters to support a ballot initiative that would take more money from the state’s $25.5 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund and spend it on public school students, including those in pre-K. “New Mexico has the unique opportunity to be the […]

NM legal organization warns of crisis centers preying on people seeking abortions

By: - July 7, 2022

It’s a nice storefront sandwiched between an insurance office and massage parlor. Two double-sided signs on the sidewalk in front of the building off San Mateo in southeast Albuquerque advertise free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. The website has resources for social services, housing and adoption care.  One thing these places won’t offer: safe and reliable […]

UNM professor recruiting Native American teachers to work in their hometowns

By: - July 6, 2022

Glenabah Martinez knows firsthand the benefits teachers and students share when they are from the same community. She wants to help fast track Indigenous college grads to teach in public schools. Martinez (Taos/Diné), taught students from Taos Pueblo but was immersed in the culture and traditions that she shares with those students outside the school.  […]

ABQ encampments rule becomes official; City Council repeal expected soon

By: - June 28, 2022

An ordinance is on the books today allowing Albuquerque city government to sanction camps for unhoused people. It will take effect July 28, though it’s looking like the Albuquerque Council will repeal it soon after that.  Tuesday, the city clerk filed the “Integrated Development Ordinance,” which includes an amendment that lets the city approve permits […]

Gov: NM will not cooperate with other states’ legal actions against people seeking abortions

By: - June 28, 2022

New Mexico will now offer greater protections for health care providers offering abortion care and to the individuals who need the services, even if they are from out of state.  Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order on Monday expanding protections for frontline abortion services and explained any further action by state leaders will […]

NM demonstrators look for next steps in preserving abortion rights

By: - June 27, 2022

The rains washed over Old Town Albuquerque and brought hundreds of people to Tiguex Park to share anger and grief at federal reproductive rights taken away earlier in the day by a Supreme Court ruling. For some, the event was a place to understand how the court’s ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade ends federal […]

Councilors weigh repeal of measure to create city-sanctioned camps for unsheltered people

By: - June 23, 2022

Albuquerque city councilors are trying to reverse course on an ordinance sanctioning camps for unhoused people that they passed earlier this month. As part of that, they’re postponing decisions on the rules for such camps.  But that might mean the Safe Outdoor Spaces ordinance will become law in early August without guidance or a zoning […]

Senate committee hears testimony in support of boarding school commission

By: - June 23, 2022

The genocidal history of federal boarding school policies and the generational impact on Native American communities were presented to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday.  Lawmakers in the committee are committed to moving a bill to the full Senate floor that would establish a truth and healing commission on the U.S. boarding […]

Five tribes sign historic agreement to preserve Bears Ears National Monument

By: - June 21, 2022

Ink hit paper this weekend, and the five tribes that successfully won a battle with the federal government to create Bears Ears National Monument have it in writing that their interests must be part of land management plans going forward.  President Joe Biden issued a proclamation last October that preserves more than 1.36 million acres […]