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 […]

Biden extends student loan repayment pause three more months

BY: - December 22, 2021

President Joe Biden will continue a pandemic-spurred pause on student loan repayments until May 1, he said Wednesday. Loan repayments were set to restart Jan. 31, following months of the U.S. Education Department not requiring payments during the pandemic. Biden told the department to extend the moratorium initially placed by President Donald Trump’s administration. It […]

More people join call for UNM Foundation to divest from oil and gas

BY: - December 22, 2021

Accusations that the University of New Mexico Foundation violates state law around public charities and conflicts of interest appear to be gaining momentum. The foundation invests in oil and gas, and some of its members have ties to the industry. But are those ties close enough to constitute a legal violation? A group fighting for […]

Graduate workers win union in card count

BY: - December 20, 2021

It’s official: graduate student workers at the University of New Mexico have the right to demand school officials come to the bargaining table. New Mexico’s statewide labor board counted 887 cards signed by UNM graduate students expressing their wishes to join United Graduate Workers (UGW-UE). That represents 57.3% of the 1,547 graduate workers in the […]

Spending bill with money for county hospitals clears the state’s House

BY: - December 10, 2021

New Mexico’s effort to divvy up $1.1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act money is another step closer — and spending is a little bit bigger.  Lawmakers are hammering out the details of allocating roughly half of that pot during this special session. The rest will likely be sorted out during January’s regular 30-day […]


Four more children dead, and a nation shrugs. Is enough finally enough now?

BY: - December 10, 2021

Families in Michigan will set an empty place at the table this holiday season in the wake of the mass shooting at Oxford High School in southeast Michigan that left four children dead and seven more injured. The deaths at Oxford this week came a little more than two weeks before the ninth anniversary of […]