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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.

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 […]

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.  […]