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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.

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 […]

City meeting on boarding school gravesite highlights the need for respect

By: - January 12, 2022

The time to listen is now.  Albuquerque city officials hosted the first of several public forums Tuesday, Jan. 11, for people connected to the Albuquerque Indian School to share experiences and offer feedback about what to do with the gravesite at 4-H Park.  Nearly 80 people were split into two group sessions moderated by a […]

Students and advocates call for funding for sexual assault services and consent policies in schools

By: - January 11, 2022

A call to action by a coalition seeking to end sexual assault in New Mexico is taking shape in Santa Fe. IsaBella Thomas wants her school to adopt affirmative consent policies to establish the foundation that sexual activity must be OK with everyone taking part. On Friday, she will lead students from The New Mexico […]

Sexual assault measure would change consent standards in public schools

By: - January 10, 2022

I asked Rep. Elizabeth Thomson if she would be comfortable sharing her experiences with sexual assault.  She said yes.  It was a subtle and simple practice in affirmative consent. She didn’t have to say anything, didn’t even need to meet my request. I would not have pushed her to share, but she did, and we engaged […]

Artist envisions LANDBACK murals in all four directions in Albuquerque

By: - January 7, 2022

High school Indigenous skateboarders that like painting walls, your opportunity is now.  Several walls along grind ledges and the outside of the bowl full pipe at Alamosa Skate Park need some art, and most importantly, young artists to work on the project and share cultural experiences. See, this project is more than just beautification of […]

City seeking information from anyone connected to Albuquerque Indian School

By: - January 7, 2022

The Albuquerque Indian School era lasted nearly 100 years and it’s going to take a community effort to truly understand the scope of the effects it had on the city. Next week, Albuquerque officials will host a series of public conversations, inviting people who have any connection to the school to speak up and give […]

Historic APS board of all women commits to collaboration

By: - January 6, 2022

The congratulatory environment was evident beyond the electoral success of the four new Albuquerque Public Schools Board members.  It was also celebratory in the history of the moment.  Three of the four members were present in-person with family and sworn in by Judge Catherine Begaye (Diné).  After Courtney Jackson was sworn into office, the board […]

Big-money candidates to shift the future of APS board

By: - January 6, 2022

New Mexico’s most expensive school board seats were filled Wednesday. Danielle Gonzales, Crystal Tapia-Romero, Josefina Dominguez and Courtney Jackson were sworn in to take their seats as the newest Albuquerque Public Schools Board members during a virtual meeting at 5 p.m. The four new members raised a staggering amount of money compared with other candidates […]

Pueblos demand input on LANL power line development through sacred site

By: - January 4, 2022

Pueblo leaders are asking the federal government for an extension to evaluate plans to develop a power line through a sacred cultural site in the Santa Fe National Forest. The All Pueblo Council of Governors wrote to the Department of Energy saying tribes were not fully consulted on the plans to build a 12.5 mile, […]

State and county form a unit that specializes in MMIWR cases

By: - December 23, 2021

Nearly two years after Pepita Redhair went missing, and the circumstances around her disappearance are still unclear to law enforcement.  If you talk with her family, the clues are obvious.  She was trying to leave an abusive relationship, family members said, and interactions with police were common. Her ex-boyfriend had a controlling hand on how […]

$478 million for state needs passed by the NM Senate, despite fears of a rushed process

By: and - December 14, 2021

New Mexico is inching closer to spending nearly half of the roughly $1.1 billion in remaining federal relief money given to the state under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon approved $478 million to be distributed to state agencies, covering housing services, upgrades to state parks, pre-trial services […]

Redrawn NM congressional map awaits governor’s signature

By: and - December 11, 2021

An updated proposal to redraw New Mexico’s congressional map cleared the state’s House of Representatives on Saturday evening, with Democrats arguing the redrawn political boundaries will bridge the state’s urban-rural divide. The House passed the bill in a 44-24 vote and it’s now headed to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk. Under the latest version of […]