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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.

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.  […]

‘We request that Mr. Peltier be immediately released’

By: - February 3, 2022

Benny Shendo said it shouldn’t have to be this way.  The New Mexico state senator from Jemez Pueblo doesn’t like that Native American leaders elected to public office are once again leading the charge to have Leonard Peltier released from federal prison. “I think his liberation and clemency and release from prison would send a […]

Can voting rights and elections bills race through the rest of the session?

By: - February 3, 2022

The effort to expand voter protections in New Mexico has been amended and now sits in the Senate Rules Committee where it is facing a ticking clock counting down the 30-day legislative session. Changes to Senate Bill 8 do not veer from the original intent to increase voter participation in part by making it easier […]

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 […]