Native America

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 […]

City seeks public input on what’s next for the Indian School gravesite at 4-H Park

BY: - September 22, 2021

Indigenous leaders in Albuquerque now need the public to speak on reconciling and recognizing the mass gravesite at the former Indian School.  “As we honor and pay our respects to our ancestors at the sacred site that the 4-H Park burial site represents,” Terri Sloan said in a statement, “we must begin the healing from […]

Distance doesn’t have to become isolation for Indigenous elders

BY: - September 20, 2021

Call grandma. That’s Larry’s Curley’s message.  So I did. It went something like this:  “Grandma, it’s Shaun. How are you?” “Hi babba! I’m great, how are you? How is your mom?” We went back and forth a good half hour, catching up on family business and chatting a little football before she had to leave […]

Popular app AllTrails leads people to sacred sites, some on tribal lands

BY: - September 18, 2021

Leaving the hazy Albuquerque skies, escaping the smoke of distant wildfires covering the Sandia Mountains, you cross west past Nine Mile Hill — maybe make a quick stop to place a wager at the casino — and then drive on until you reach the red rocky mesas. Here, 18-wheelers from the east are the only things […]

Rep. Stansbury amendment could pay for Pueblo water projects

BY: - September 14, 2021

A long-standing water irrigation project benefitting Pueblos along the Rio Grande in New Mexico could finally see the funding it requested for years. An amendment in the House Democrats spending bill could give $200 million to the Rio Grande Pueblos Irrigations Improvement Project. U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM) said she requested the amendment through the […]

House reconciliation bill targets four local plans for oil and gas leasing, mining

BY: - September 14, 2021

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. The portion of the $3.5 trillion package approved on a party-line vote by the House Natural Resources Committee last week includes nationwide measures […]

Report: Indigenous women in the U.S. earn 60 cents on the dollar

BY: - September 9, 2021

Historic inequality for Native American women is still present in economic earnings, according to a report released this week by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.  Native American women are not receiving their worth from employers for their work. It’s historically bad. “During the last decade, the gender earnings gap for Native women and white […]

Indigenous leaders seek an apology about the mass grave in Albuquerque

BY: - September 3, 2021

Native American leaders in Albuquerque are shaping the response and reconciliation from the city for a park built over a mass grave site of children who died at the Albuquerque Indian School during the earliest period of the United States federal boarding school policies. The school housed thousands of students from tribes across the country, […]