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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.

Indigenous population grows in the census

By: - November 4, 2021

More Native Americans live in the United States than 10 years ago, the census reveals. But the numbers are likely even higher than the once-a-decade count shows. U.S. Census officials presented figures from the 2020 count, saying more than 3.7 million people identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, up from the 2.9 million in […]

Money won seats on Albuquerque’s school board

By: - November 4, 2021

The Albuquerque Public Schools district will have four new members joining the school board from campaigns that raised and spent thousands of dollars in races where candidates traditionally spend much less. Three of the four candidates elected last night could push the board in a direction led by GOP influence.  Albuquerque school board members run […]

Artist Mallery Quetawki works on painting of We:wa

Google doodle celebrates Zuni culture from one artist to another

By: - November 2, 2021

Mallery Quetawki signed onto the biggest art project of her life and couldn’t tell anyone. Her family and friends noticed she was busier than normal, but she couldn’t say much. “I was living and breathing nothing but this project for that month and a half,” Quetawki said.  She told them one thing and it suddenly […]

Demonstrators object to stadium plans on the eve of the election

By: - November 2, 2021

The bond asking Albuquerque voters to support $50 million in tax money so a minor league soccer team can build a limited-use stadium may or not pass.  One thing it didn’t pass is the sniff test for Yvette Villegas. She says she smelled the dirt and voted no. The 18-year-old, whose December birthday just left […]

Sexual Assault programs ask lawmakers to double their funding

By: - November 1, 2021

New Mexico needs to double the amount of money it provides for victims of sexual assault. This is according to testimony by leaders from the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Member organizations provide a wide spectrum of for people who’ve been assaulted while they navigate systems and options for protection. They asked the […]

Police chiefs respond to concerns about bias and victim-blaming in MMIWR cases

By: - October 25, 2021

Shelda Livingston and her family say the complicated background of her sister Pepita Redhair led Albuquerque Police Department officers to discriminate against her during their investigation into Redhair’s disappearance in March 2020.  “We feel like there was no investigation done, or completed, or even started,” Livingston said Thursday during a live radio program addressing missing […]

Community safety responders train for their first weeks in the field

By: - October 22, 2021

On the first floor of Albuquerque City Hall, in the former spot where people paid water bills in person, an actor is training the newest community safety responders. “Are you a narc? Are you here to get a fix? Why are you here? Who are you?” The actor addresses the woman who is in training, […]

New Mexico PBS to broadcast educational materials to 100 students’ computers

By: - October 21, 2021

Five New Mexico school districts will take part in a pilot program testing a technology that transmits school work to students’ homes via their television. Transmitters the size of a playing card deck will be sent to 100 families in the districts chosen to test the program. The transmitters will pick up education materials and […]

Bringing more attention to missing and murdered Indigenous relatives

By: - October 21, 2021

Full episode of “Let’s Talk New Mexico” on KUNM Radio Oct. 21, 2021 Pepita Redhair’s family is still looking.  Redhair was reported missing at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Her family says the Albuquerque police investigation did not seem complete. Her boyfriend, the last person to see her, had a brief […]

DOH will allow some hospitals to ration care

By: - October 18, 2021

Unvaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are increasing the amount of patients needing care at New Mexico hospitals amid a shortage of staff and resources. Most New Mexico hospitals are above 100% capacity. In response, the state Department of Health announced Monday, Oct. 18, that it will allow some hospitals to ration treatment by using the […]

New Mexico’s lone shark attack

By: - October 15, 2021

New Mexico has had one shark attack since 1900, a glaring statistic considering it’s one of the few landlocked states with an incident. It all started with a tweet. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis published the innocuous post on Monday from his personal verified account that has more than 112,500 followers. Colorado is tied for state […]

Educator association calls for better pay and more planning time

By: - October 14, 2021

Pay teachers and their support staff.  That’s at the top of the legislative priorities for the National Education Association of New Mexico, a coalition that surveyed thousands of teachers in the state.  Wages, health care, better time planning instruction, support for community schools, attention to class size and early childhood education are the six pillars […]