Native America

Indigenous Peoples’ Day in photos

BY: and - October 12, 2021

Across New Mexico, people from tribal communities gathered yesterday to celebrate everything Native. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is every second Monday of October in the state.  “Having all of these people joined together to reclaim a holiday that was that was based off of genocide and rape … it’s a very healing feeling, seeing everyone come […]

Tribal leaders praise Haaland and the US government for restoring Bears Ears

BY: - October 8, 2021

Tribal leaders in the Four Corners and across the country are ecstatic at the news that President Joe Biden signed proclamations this afternoon fully restoring Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments that were both cut into by the previous administration by nearly 2 million acres total. The All Pueblo Council of Governors, which represents […]

2021 Indigenous Peoples’ Day set to be the biggest to date

BY: - October 8, 2021

The future is Indigenous.  Those words come from Dr. Christina M. Castro (Jemez / Taos) as she describes the Indigenous Peoples’ Day event her organization Three Sisters Collective is hosting in O’ga P’ogeh (aka Santa Fe). “Indigenous arts, culture, food and everything is literally the backbone of the economy of Santa Fe as the state […]

Indigenous educators ask lawmakers to support culturally sustaining programs

BY: - October 7, 2021

Buzzwords surrounding education reform in New Mexico can have different meanings. Culturally relevant education is a term that will mean something different for each community.  Tracey Cordero, the director at the Keres Children’s Learning Center in Cochiti Pueblo, has a direct answer that could fit within many different places. “It is nothing more than telling […]

Former superintendent files discrimination lawsuit against Four Corners school district

BY: - October 6, 2021

Dave Goldtooth says he was shocked when he received the call to lead the Central Consolidated School District.  It was a dream job, and despite his initial hesitation, Goldtooth (Diné) accepted the offer to serve as the interim superintendent for the Four Corners district with more than 6,000 students, 90% of whom are Native American.  […]

City Council formally recognizes the burial ground for Albuquerque Indian School students

BY: - October 5, 2021

Albuquerque city councilors made an official step forward to assist with the next steps of the Native American grave site at 4-H Park.  A resolution recognizing the cemetery where students from Albuquerque Indian School are buried at the city-run park was passed with a unanimous vote at the Monday, Oct. 4 Council meeting.  Councilors Lan […]

Families gather to speak for MMIW in Old Town

BY: - October 4, 2021

Pepita Redhair was the name and face on the flyer for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives awareness event in Albuquerque.  She wasn’t the only person with family demanding answers during Sunday’s event.  Shawna Toya. Ranelle Rose Bennett. Zachariah Juwan Shorty. Wilhelmina Denise Whitewater. Jamie Lynette Yazzie. Ella Mae Begay. All these people […]

Labor pains: Delivery rooms closed at a Gallup hospital as employees resign

BY: - October 4, 2021

A year ago, 18 nurses and four doctors staffed the labor and delivery unit at one of Gallup’s two hospitals. Today, all the nurses are gone, and the last doctor announced her resignation two weeks ago. The unit closed last week, forcing many soon-to-be parents to find a faraway delivery room and making it harder […]

Navajo Nation controller accused of fraud in COVID-testing contract

BY: - October 4, 2021

Two criminal complaints against ousted Navajo Nation Controller Pearline Kirk were unsealed Thursday, Sept. 30, alleging that she illegally paid an unaccredited private company to conduct COVID tests early in the pandemic. The complaints allege that an inexperienced company known as Agile Technologies Group LLC was paid over $3 million of Navajo Nation funds to […]

Indigenous communities face choices about Indian School gravesite in Albuquerque

BY: - September 27, 2021

The rain came after a prayer and an apology.  Clouds were visible miles away from the Native American Community Academy when Terry Sloan (Diné/Hopi) opened Saturday’s event to acknowledge, heal and reflect on a city park built on an Albuquerque Indian Boarding School cemetery.  By the time Mayor Tim Keller took the podium after a […]

COMMENTARY

It’s time to listen to Indigenous people who are risking their lives to save us all

BY: - September 23, 2021

After decades of malnourished approaches to environmental conservation being pushed by settler society, the world is starving for Indigenous solutions. Across the world, from Chaco Canyon, N.M. to Ihumātao, New Zealand, frontline Indigenous communities are putting their bodies on the line and rising to protect their sacred lands from extractive desecration — and many of […]

State’s 19 pueblos and tribes band together for redistricting pitch in light of NM demographic changes

BY: - September 23, 2021

The state’s pueblos and tribes released their ideas for how political maps being drawn this year will help them express political power amid increases in numbers of Native Americans overall — and population losses around pueblos. The Citizen Redistricting Committee is soliciting public feedback on maps its staff put together after weeks of meetings. The […]