Native America

New Mexicans vote for kids

BY: - November 9, 2022

With the number of newborns, preschoolers and K-12 kids in attendance it was a good thing the watch party for Constitutional Amendment 1 wrapped up before 9 p.m. since some of the children were asleep by the time the race was called in their favor.  When they wake up and hear the news, they will […]

Indigenous voters often drive long distances to cast ballots in both tribal and state elections

BY: - November 8, 2022

TWIN LAKES, N.M. — Shannon McCabe quickly walked out of a voting location Friday on the Navajo Nation after she cast an early vote for New Mexico governor, Congress and local races. She was in a hurry to drive a half hour west into Arizona to vote early in Window Rock, the Navajo Nation capital […]

Supreme Court takes up the Indian Child Welfare Act

BY: - November 8, 2022

The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are inscribed above the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. The terse phrase powerfully underscores the conviction that the nation’s judiciary occupies a special plane of existence in which momentous decisions are made in a protected sphere of legal purity. For many Supreme Court watchers, however, the court’s […]

New Mexico students don’t have ‘learning loss.’ They’re living in a pandemic.

BY: - November 3, 2022

In its endorsement of the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor, the state’s largest newspaper wrote that “learning loss” was an inevitable outcome as “prolonged remote learning made a bad situation worse.” At a news conference in Albuquerque in September, Mark Ronchetti set the tone when he accused Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of failing public […]

Navajo Nation leaders introduce two new initiatives to address missing and murdered Diné relatives

BY: - November 2, 2022

Navajo Nation leaders have introduced two new initiatives to address missing and murdered Diné people. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez issued an Executive Order on Oct. 22 to adopt and implement the Navajo Nation Guidelines for Missing Persons or, in Navajo, the Nihí K’éi dóó Béédahoozinígíí Náalkaa Bikégó Naaltsoos. “Many families know the personal heartbreak and […]

Work from home? Native Americans are left behind

BY: - October 28, 2022

Let’s start with an important question: What would the economy look like for tribal nations if every citizen could work at home? The idea of remote work – something that boomed during the pandemic – could be a vehicle to end the “out migration” from rural tribal communities and create new opportunities. Now hold that […]

Families searching for loved ones bring criticism of law enforcement to first Missing in NM Day

BY: - October 24, 2022

Rose Yazzie said it’s been months since she’s heard any updates about her daughter, Ranelle Rose Bennett. She disappeared in 2021.  Vangie Randall-Shorty is also waiting for a phone call with new information about her son, Zachariah Juwaun Shorty, who was killed in 2020.  Two mothers, bound by a trauma, were suddenly in front of […]

Families of missing people in NM can urge action from law enforcement Saturday

BY: - October 21, 2022

Pepita Redhair disappeared from Albuquerque in March 2020.  Her sister Shelda Livingston knew something was up when Pepita didn’t return calls. “She always called us on a daily basis. My mom always waits by the phone, waits for the call saying she’s coming home. She always reached out to me if she needed help or […]

Funding for senior center facilities and accessible vehicles up for a vote in NM election

BY: - October 21, 2022

As senior centers across New Mexico begin to reopen their doors after pandemic shutdowns and fire evacuations, $24.5 million for the facilities is up for a vote in the November election. General Obligation Bond 1 — if approved — would go toward designing, renovating, or equipping centers across 21 counties and six pueblos. The bond will […]

Redistricting affects ‘power’ in Native vote, Indigenous candidates

BY: - October 18, 2022

The Native vote has become increasingly influential, with the ability to determine whole elections in several states across the country. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski often credits her win to the Alaska Native vote. The Native vote swung the election for U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, Sen. Jon Tester in Montana, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in North […]

Candidates talk sovereignty, tribal education and courts at All Pueblo Council forum

BY: - October 17, 2022

Candidates for Congress and state offices shared their intentions and actions in working with tribal nations during a forum hosted by the All Pueblo Council of Governors. Friday’s meeting was the first time the tribal entity, made up of leadership from all 19 Pueblos in New Mexico and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas, […]

Public process points to Bears Ears’ potential — and challenges

BY: - October 14, 2022

A process to create a first-of-its-kind plan for co-management of the Bears Ears National Monument is nearing the end of an initial phase.   In the last of the public engagement sessions held in Albuquerque by federal agencies, members of the public shared comments Wednesday, while representatives offered maps and information about current land management on […]