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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.

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 […]

Feds award $7M for tribal language programs

By: - June 16, 2022

Santo Domingo Pueblo and Diné College are part of the 45 tribes and tribal organizations that are receiving federal money to boost traditional language programs. The Living Language Grant Program is part of the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development and is designed for language revitalization programs for Indigenous communities. “For more than 150 […]

People in the disaster zone have words for Biden ahead of his NM visit

By: , , , and - June 10, 2022

Voters who may have lost homes or just returned to scorched properties in northern New Mexico went to the polls anyway this week to cast ballots for the next round of local leaders who will help shape the rebuilding process.  As they did, Source New Mexico reporters spread out up north and stayed most of […]

Grasses sprout in fresh burn scars as residents get their bearings

By: - June 9, 2022

MONTE APLANADO, N.M. – John Trujillo has his morning coffee in a kitchen with a window facing a burnt mountain peak less than a mile away. It’s a daily reminder of the ongoing destruction caused by the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon fire. Trujillo, a lifelong Mora County resident, said he likes to stay home. “I don’t […]

NM Primary Election Day the first community event in Mora County’s fire zone

By: - June 8, 2022

MORA, N.M. – Driving into Mora County, the campaign signs came after the signs of an ongoing pandemic and wildfires.  Taking NM Highway 518 north into the county on Tuesday, drivers passed the location for COVID testing. Shortly after, on the left, is the place set up for residents to file claims with FEMA. Then […]

Federal food assistance applications open up for thousands impacted by wildfires

By: - June 7, 2022

Thousands of New Mexicans impacted by wildfires will have the opportunity to apply for federal emergency food assistance starting today. People will need to act quickly because the window to apply is only open seven days, due to federal guidelines. There are several qualifiers to receive one month of aid under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition […]

New Mexico’s education reform plan presented to tribal leaders

By: - June 6, 2022

The plan is still a draft, but New Mexico leaders say it’s one step closer to meeting a judge’s order to reform public education across the state. But advocates want a greater balance than the back-and-forth, top-down approach they say goes in creating the education plan. And lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the Yazzie-Martinez lawsuit […]