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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.

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, […]

MMIWR measure beats the clock

By: - February 15, 2022

It’s been more than seven years since Meskee Yanabah Yatsayte started a Facebook page where people could post fliers about relatives on the Navajo Nation that had gone missing.  The term Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives had yet to hit the radar of national politics, #MMIW wasn’t trending, and local efforts in New […]

BIA announces effort to improve conditions in tribal detention centers

By: - February 14, 2022

Reforms are underway for tribal detention centers run by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sixteen people died while in custody over a four-year period.  The policy changes — which are largely focused on training and transparency — were announced Monday and are based on completion of the Interior Department’s three-month internal probe […]

Historic state budget gets even bigger in Senate Finance

By: - February 14, 2022

New Mexico lawmakers were up early on Sunday to spend even more money in what was already the state’s largest budget in history. The Senate Finance committee unanimously approved an amendment that adds $141 million to non-recurring spending and $11.1 million in annual spending, increasing the overall budget that was approved by the House last […]

House unanimously passes raises for Native American language instructors

By: - February 11, 2022

Legislation to boost pay for Native American language instructors to match that of a level two public school teacher unanimously passed the New Mexico House of Representatives on Friday. House Bill 60 also gives Pueblos and tribal nations the lead on developing traditional language criteria and determining who qualifies to lead instruction. The state Public […]

Elections bill moves through second Senate committee but with changes

By: - February 9, 2022

Another committee and another change to a major proposal seeking to expand and offer voting protections in New Mexico.  Senate Bill 8 was passed by the Judiciary Committee on a 5-3 party line vote on Wednesday, but without the effort to register people to vote when they finish a transaction at the Motor Vehicle Division […]

Language access legislation clears the NM House

By: - February 9, 2022

An effort to shrink language barriers for people trying to access state assistance with health care, food and housing services was passed by the New Mexico House of Representatives 42-23 Wednesday afternoon. The vote split along party lines, with every Republican present voting against the measure. Five representatives abstained, including three Democrats. “This is really […]

Language barriers surround state services

By: - February 9, 2022

New Mexico is on the cusp of lowering language barriers for people trying to access services such as housing, worker’s compensation and medical assistance. Demand for housing, food and medical services in New Mexico is increasing, while people who do not speak English are experiencing delays to state aid. Last month, a federal judge ruled […]

Local AIM, Red Nation members gather to demand Peltier’s release

By: - February 8, 2022

Norman Patrick Brown knows what he’ll say to his friend Leonard Peltier, he says, when he sees him for the first time since 1976.  “I’m going to tell him I never gave up on him for 46 years, that I’ve prayed for him every day. That when I was younger, I was willing to take […]

Voting rights measure working its way through the process

By: - February 8, 2022

Legislation to expand and protect voting rights in New Mexico is again moving after delays, hours long public comment and several amendments that did take out a major provision.  The Senate Rules Committee voted 7-4 to push the bill forward to the Judiciary Committee. The proposal has a ways to go before it makes it […]

After a long day of debate, state senators opt to take up voting rights this week

By: - February 4, 2022

Legislation to expand voting rights looks like it is moving forward without a major provision that would have granted 16-year-olds the right to vote in local elections. After a nine-hour debate that included more than four hours of public comment and a handful of amendments, Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto said the Senate Rules Committee would vote […]

New Mexico House approves $8.47 billion budget

By: - February 4, 2022

The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a $8.47 billion budget plan on Thursday with bipartisan support.  Every sector in the state will benefit from the proposal, which boosts spending by 13.8%. The bill was passed by a 56-13 vote, with yes votes coming from 11 House Republicans and the lone independent in the chamber.  […]