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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.

Indigenous educators urge lawmakers to fund a transformation of public schools

By: - February 1, 2022

Three education bills enhancing support for Native American education reform in New Mexico passed out of committee Monday morning.  The House Education Committee pushed forward legislation sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) that commits $70 million to directly addressing the state’s requirement to meet a court mandate under the Yazzie-Martinez lawsuit.  The landmark court […]

New director at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian shares priorities

By: - January 31, 2022

In times of stress, the balance of symmetry can center focus and calmness.  That’s the solution for Cynthia Chavez Lamar, the recently appointed director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Her stress relief, doodles follow the pottery designs that have surrounded the San Felipe Pueblo woman’s life.  “When things get a […]

Food banks to lawmakers: The need for state funding is urgent

By: - January 27, 2022

The final two food boxes are placed in a small SUV, the last vehicle of hundreds that neatly line up in rows every Tuesday starting as early as 7 a.m. They fill the parking lot each week at EXPO New Mexico for food distribution. “Sometimes, like now, I have nothing. I absolutely have nothing,” said […]

Students respond to officials ignoring the affirmative consent bill

By: - January 27, 2022

Advocates looking to change the way schools and students think about consent are disappointed a bill isn’t moving through this legislative session so far. But they plan to pick up their efforts. IsaBella Thomas, 18, said she is coordinating a campaign to get supporters to contact Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and get her attention, hoping […]

National Guard members show up for their first day teaching public school, providing child care

By: - January 25, 2022

Schools in New Mexico opened Monday with a few different members of the community joining classrooms for the first time. To help fill staffing gaps, 46 National Guard members and 13 state employees entered classrooms as substitute teachers in public schools and early child care centers. They cover about 7% of the need reported to […]

Renewable energy tax breaks pull big public support in NM

By: - January 24, 2022

Three pieces of legislation offering tax incentives for renewable energy use saw broad support this weekend even as they were passed through committee on a partisan vote.  One bill benefits New Mexicans with solar panel systems, another for those with geothermal systems and the third offers tax incentives to kickstart renewable energy storage systems at […]

Teacher pay raises headed for debate in committee

By: - January 21, 2022

As the National Guard is called in to staff schools struggling around the state, an effort to boost teacher pay in New Mexico is moving in a busy but short legislative session.  Senate Bill 1 would increase the minimum pay for licensed teachers and is set to be heard in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday […]

More details on how tribal communities plan to use federal housing relief funds

By: - January 20, 2022

From emergency shelters to modular homes to utility hookups, tribes are determining how to best use housing money set to come their way soon. Nearly $5 million in federal money is headed to housing projects in Apache and Pueblo communities as part of the COVID-19 relief.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced […]

Republicans debate familiar mask rules for the Roundhouse in the Senate

By: - January 19, 2022

New Mexico Republicans repeatedly said the debate they ignited about face mask requirements on the state Senate floor was not political. They tried to argue against the need for masks with a scientific approach, citing various studies they read personally. When the math was settled, the seven GOP members who spoke out were on the […]

Students march to the Roundhouse to demand affirmative consent bill is heard

By: - January 14, 2022

Elena Gonzales said the first time a boy touched her inappropriately, it happened on the playground.  Joyce Shroulote said she learned about rape at 7-years-old when her grandmother would warn her to get home before dark so she wouldn’t be attacked. Julia Lee said she is just recently coming to understand that the boys who […]

2022 Teacher of the Year: State should remove the student age cap for PED funding

By: - January 14, 2022

New Mexico’s 2022 teacher of the year wants everyone to get their high school diploma.  Lorynn Guerrero was a night school teacher when she started at New America School-Las Cruces, a charter school serving migrants age 14 and older, and their families. At the time, the school offered adult education programs to help people get […]

Citing omicron, NM House to put some meetings online for legislative session

By: and - January 13, 2022

New Mexico House Democrats, the majority party in the state, announced Thursday that committee hearings will be conducted online only. This announcement was made ahead of the 2022 legislative session, which convenes Tuesday.  It’s unclear at the moment whether the state Senate will do the same, and what both chambers’ choices will mean for members […]