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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.

N.M. extends indoor mask mandate to Oct. 15

By: - September 15, 2021

Keep your mask up, New Mexico. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office announced New Mexico will extend the state’s indoor mask mandate until Oct. 15.  The requirement was reinstated in August as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations rose in the state. Another public health order requiring health care workers and public schools employees to be vaccinated or […]

Rep. Stansbury amendment could pay for Pueblo water projects

By: - September 14, 2021

A long-standing water irrigation project benefitting Pueblos along the Rio Grande in New Mexico could finally see the funding it requested for years. An amendment in the House Democrats spending bill could give $200 million to the Rio Grande Pueblos Irrigations Improvement Project. U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM) said she requested the amendment through the […]

Website shows amount NM schools received from feds — and what districts spent

By: - September 13, 2021

Want to see if New Mexico schools are spending the federal pandemic relief money?  There’s a website for you. Check it.  New Mexico’s Public Education Department launched a site that gives people a view into school district spending of CARES Act money for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER). The site now details specific […]

Report: Indigenous women in the U.S. earn 60 cents on the dollar

By: - September 9, 2021

Historic inequality for Native American women is still present in economic earnings, according to a report released this week by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.  Native American women are not receiving their worth from employers for their work. It’s historically bad. “During the last decade, the gender earnings gap for Native women and white […]

N.M. vaccine rollout hits the road with mobile clinics at schools

By: - September 7, 2021

New Mexico continues to take its COVID-19 vaccine efforts to young people.  The state’s Department of Health and Public Education Department are hosting several vaccination events this week at campuses in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Española, Tucumcari and Mora.  Anyone can get a jab at the mobile vaccination school events, though the focus on getting students […]

PED awards funds to support mental health services in public schools

By: - September 7, 2021

Three New Mexico school districts were awarded $8.9 million to build resources to support mental health for students. Farmington Municipal Schools, Santa Fe Public Schools and Socorro Consolidated Schools were picked by the state’s Public Education Department to establish mental health service programs staffed by behavioral health specialists within the schools. Funding comes through the […]

Indigenous leaders seek an apology about the mass grave in Albuquerque

By: - September 3, 2021

Native American leaders in Albuquerque are shaping the response and reconciliation from the city for a park built over a mass grave site of children who died at the Albuquerque Indian School during the earliest period of the United States federal boarding school policies. The school housed thousands of students from tribes across the country, […]

State officials don’t know how many Native American women are missing

By: - September 1, 2021

When an Indigenous person needs support in a violent and dangerous situation, an ally in the community is a rare vital resource. In Nambé Pueblo, Chastity Sandoval is that person.  “There is a high chance of no justice happening,” said Sandoval, the victim legal advocate in Nambé. “So how do we accommodate and accompany our […]

Executive order aims to conserve undeveloped land in the state

By: - September 1, 2021

New Mexico could have 30% of all lands in the state protected for conservation by 2030 if an executive order signed last week by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is successful.  Billed as the 30×30 framework, the state’s effort is unique in accounting for tribal and traditional land uses, such as the state’s watershed, according to […]

District policies block students from learning remotely after COVID scares

By: - August 31, 2021

District policy allows only those students who enrolled in online school to attend it. That means students enrolled in in-person school can't take the online classes if they must quarantine. Instead, those students get a take-home packet of school work or nothing.

New Mexico begins five-year journey to solve broadband access problems

By: - August 31, 2021

The digital divide may be narrowing in New Mexico, as the state uses federal pandemic relief funds to address two of the hurdles to accessing the internet here: broadband infrastructure and the monthly cost of net access for struggling families. The demands of remote schooling and equity in public education set the stage to make it happen after years and years of attempts in New Mexico.

100% of Rio Rancho’s in-person public schools had a COVID case this month

By: - August 31, 2021

During the first month back to in-person learning, New Mexico’s third-largest school district has reported a COVID case every day. Cases popped up in every K-12 school — except for the SpaRRk Academy virtual school. Nearly 17,000 students attend Rio Rancho Public Schools. So far 115 cases have been reported in the district, requiring 516 […]