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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 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.

State officials don’t know how many Native American women are missing

By: - September 1, 2021

When an Indigenous person needs support in a violent and dangerous situation, an ally in the community is a rare vital resource. In Nambé Pueblo, Chastity Sandoval is that person.  “There is a high chance of no justice happening,” said Sandoval, the victim legal advocate in Nambé. “So how do we accommodate and accompany our […]

Executive order aims to conserve undeveloped land in the state

By: - September 1, 2021

New Mexico could have 30% of all lands in the state protected for conservation by 2030 if an executive order signed last week by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is successful.  Billed as the 30×30 framework, the state’s effort is unique in accounting for tribal and traditional land uses, such as the state’s watershed, according to […]

District policies block students from learning remotely after COVID scares

By: - August 31, 2021

District policy allows only those students who enrolled in online school to attend it. That means students enrolled in in-person school can't take the online classes if they must quarantine. Instead, those students get a take-home packet of school work or nothing.

New Mexico begins five-year journey to solve broadband access problems

By: - August 31, 2021

The digital divide may be narrowing in New Mexico, as the state uses federal pandemic relief funds to address two of the hurdles to accessing the internet here: broadband infrastructure and the monthly cost of net access for struggling families. The demands of remote schooling and equity in public education set the stage to make it happen after years and years of attempts in New Mexico.

100% of Rio Rancho’s in-person public schools had a COVID case this month

By: - August 31, 2021

During the first month back to in-person learning, New Mexico’s third-largest school district has reported a COVID case every day. Cases popped up in every K-12 school — except for the SpaRRk Academy virtual school. Nearly 17,000 students attend Rio Rancho Public Schools. So far 115 cases have been reported in the district, requiring 516 […]