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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.

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 […]

Leaders fighting for missing or murdered Indigenous people call for help from Congress

By: - March 4, 2022

Two women leading efforts to stop violence against Native Americans in New Mexico testified before Congress Thursday, requesting support for community movements with legislation and federal funding. Angel Charley, executive director for Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, said families and advocacy groups are doing full-time work looking for missing people or seeking justice […]

State aid and services about to become more accessible language-wise

By: - March 4, 2022

State agencies will be required to expand access for people who speak languages other than English in New Mexico under a law signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday. The governor added her signature to House Bill 22, signaling a commitment by the state to remove barriers non-English speakers face while working with state government […]

Santolina proposals get a thumbs down from BernCo planning commission

By: - March 3, 2022

Developers of the Santolina subdivision failed to find support for their new plans at the Bernalillo County Planning Commission meeting Wednesday. The subdivision is designed to bring in 90,000 residents to Albuquerque’s far west mesa in the coming decades, as water shortages resulting from climate change dominate conversations about growth and population in the region. […]

Sexual misconduct allegation against Sen. Ivey-Soto to be investigated

By: - March 2, 2022

A complaint against state Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto has spurred a formal investigation.  Voting rights lobbyist Marianna Anaya filed the complaint last week with the Legislative Counsel Service under the Legislature’s anti-harassment policy. In a letter released by her attorney, Anaya said Ivey-Soto touched her inappropriately during a function in 2015. The senator later said he […]

Governor signs MMIWR bills

By: - February 25, 2022

Geraldine Toya has two reasons to be hopeful.  First, she’s in the process of requesting that the Albuquerque Police Department reopen the case involving her daughter Shawna’s death. “I feel relief that something is getting done, you know; we’re wanting to still look for justice, answers,” she  said.   Second, Toya (Jemez) was in attendance […]

Notices ordering residents to leave an Albuquerque encampment

Albuquerque says it gave proper notice before clearing homeless camp

By: - February 24, 2022

Albuquerque officials say they gave residents of a homeless camp four days notice to vacate before clearing it on Tuesday, despite claims otherwise by former residents.

Albuquerque clears out encampment near Eubank and Interstate 40

By: - February 24, 2022

Jodi Mitchel had just set up his new eight person tent on an embankment off Interstate 40 near Eubank, and slept in it one night with his wife and two friends.  Tuesday morning he was disassembling it after a New Mexico State Police officer woke up to tell him he needed to leave the area […]

Sen. Ivey-Soto accused of sexual misconduct by voting rights lobbyist

By: - February 23, 2022

A lobbyist says a state senator punished her for rejecting his sexual advances by hindering the Voting Rights Act, which ultimately failed during the 2022 legislative session that concluded last week.  Groping, inappropriate sexual advances and retaliation are among the allegations of misconduct facing prominent New Mexico Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, whose name came up often […]

MMIWR legislation waiting for gov’s signature to begin long reform process

By: - February 21, 2022

Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and relatives have reasons to be excited that a bill expanding law enforcement support for their cases is a signature away from becoming law. But even if Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs the legislation and grants the Attorney General’s Office authority to investigate and prosecute these incidents, reality […]

NM Sen. Sharer blocked voting rights by talking so much, no one else could

By: - February 18, 2022

About 90 minutes into Sen. William Sharer’s filibuster on the New Mexico Senate floor, the snow stopped falling in Albuquerque. It was melting by the time he finished his hot-air diatribe on topics such as logging, baseball, hot dogs — seemingly everything but voting rights — ending the 30-day legislative session before a key piece […]

Biggest budget in state history approved by the Legislature

By: - February 16, 2022

New Mexico lawmakers with heavy pockets walking into the 30-day legislative session approved a historic $8.72 billion budget crafted with record surplus and federal aid.  Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham directed the Legislature to think big with sweeping proposals in education, crime and energy.  Now her signature could give raises to New Mexico teachers and police, […]