Native America

Apsáalooke honor Tomb of Unknown 100 years later

BY: - November 12, 2021

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Virginia — The mid-Atlantic air is in the crisp 40s at 7 a.m. Dew sits on cars and the cool air is refreshing to the lungs. The grass, white steps and walkway to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier sparkle when the golden sunrise hits them. It’s quiet at the Tomb of […]

FBI specialist translates info about MMIWR and hate crimes into Navajo

BY: - November 9, 2021

FBI agents in the Four Corners are adapting to Indigenous community needs by adopting traditional language specialists for field work that asks people for tips to help solve crimes.  Melinda Nakai (Diné) is an outreach specialist with the federal agency. Born in Gallup, N.M., she is also the first certified Navajo language translator with the […]

Hospitals serving the Navajo Nation adjust as beds keep filling up

BY: - November 9, 2021

Gallup Indian Medical Center was one of several New Mexico hospitals that was praised by the state’s Department of Health for its treatment of COVID-19 patients by using monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients is an infusion given to patients through IV, and takes about an hour. Studies have shown that it has […]

Deb Haaland talks offshore wind energy in Scotland

BY: - November 5, 2021

In her first news conference at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland described her global challenge for every applicable country to join in setting ambitious domestic offshore wind energy commitments. “Climate change doesn’t recognize territorial or political boundaries. It’s a global problem that requires a global effort to address […]

Indigenous population grows in the census

BY: - November 4, 2021

More Native Americans live in the United States than 10 years ago, the census reveals. But the numbers are likely even higher than the once-a-decade count shows. U.S. Census officials presented figures from the 2020 count, saying more than 3.7 million people identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, up from the 2.9 million in […]

Native American Heritage Month celebrates Indigenous communities across the nation

BY: - November 3, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month, and for Indigenous people across the country, it’s a chance to share the unique ancestry, traditions, and contributions their communities make today and have made throughout history. “Far too often in our founding era and in the centuries since, the promise of our Nation has been denied to Native […]

Artist Mallery Quetawki works on painting of We:wa

Google doodle celebrates Zuni culture from one artist to another

BY: - November 2, 2021

Mallery Quetawki signed onto the biggest art project of her life and couldn’t tell anyone. Her family and friends noticed she was busier than normal, but she couldn’t say much. “I was living and breathing nothing but this project for that month and a half,” Quetawki said.  She told them one thing and it suddenly […]

Sexual Assault programs ask lawmakers to double their funding

BY: - November 1, 2021

New Mexico needs to double the amount of money it provides for victims of sexual assault. This is according to testimony by leaders from the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Member organizations provide a wide spectrum of for people who’ve been assaulted while they navigate systems and options for protection. They asked the […]

A lack of ballot drop boxes adds another barrier to Native voting access

BY: - October 28, 2021

Access to the ballot is already difficult for Native communities in New Mexico, and this problem is only compounded by the pandemic and ongoing state problems that undermine efforts to offer more COVID-safe ways to vote. This year was supposed to be the first in New Mexico when there would be at least two ballot […]

Police chiefs respond to concerns about bias and victim-blaming in MMIWR cases

BY: - October 25, 2021

Shelda Livingston and her family say the complicated background of her sister Pepita Redhair led Albuquerque Police Department officers to discriminate against her during their investigation into Redhair’s disappearance in March 2020.  “We feel like there was no investigation done, or completed, or even started,” Livingston said Thursday during a live radio program addressing missing […]

Navajo Nation pushes for radioactive waste remnants to be fully removed

BY: - October 22, 2021

GALLUP – Navajo Nation continues to hold strong on its stance against radioactive waste being dumped near its lands, while also pushing for the waste to be removed completely. The Church Rock uranium mill site is owned by United Nuclear Corporation, and in 1979 this site is where 93 million gallons of radioactive tailings were […]

Bringing more attention to missing and murdered Indigenous relatives

BY: - October 21, 2021

Full episode of “Let’s Talk New Mexico” on KUNM Radio Oct. 21, 2021 Pepita Redhair’s family is still looking.  Redhair was reported missing at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Her family says the Albuquerque police investigation did not seem complete. Her boyfriend, the last person to see her, had a brief […]