Native America

Interior Department report details the brutality of federal Indian boarding schools

BY: - May 12, 2022

The atrocities committed at boarding schools designed and run by the federal government to eradicate Indigenous people were outlined by the U.S. Interior Department for the first time in a report published Wednesday. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland held back tears as she described the scope of the investigation that identifies 408 federal Indian boarding schools […]

Racers revive a decades-old marathon in Shiprock after two years of pandemic

BY: - May 9, 2022

SHIPROCK — Runners from the Four Corners area participated in the 39th annual Shiprock Marathon & Half Marathon in-person for the first time since the pandemic struck. For Army veteran Johnny Francisco, just being in Shiprock helped him through the race.  “I see Shiprock, feel the cool air,” he said. “It’s just motivating to run […]

‘Where is the justice?’: Indigenous families plead for help combatting violence

BY: - May 9, 2022

Odelia Jose should be enjoying her retirement surrounded by family. Instead, the 58-year-old member of the Gila River Tribe is in a state of constant grief after losing two of her three children to violence — a tragically common story among indigenous people in Arizona, which ranks third in the nation for missing and murdered […]

Families rally for relatives facing bordertown violence

BY: - May 6, 2022

FARMINGTON — Family members and advocates lined up Thursday in front of Berg Park to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous people and how poverty leads to unrest on Native lands.  “The sad truth about it is many of these families are the working poor,” said organizer Darlene Gomez. “Their communities are infested with […]

Vigil for the missing and stolen reclaims Santa Fe Plaza

BY: - May 6, 2022

Hundreds of people packed the Santa Fe Plaza on Thursday night to recite names of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives from New Mexico and Arizona, and to reclaim the sacred nature of what has become a popular tourist destination. Three Sisters Collective Co-Founder Christina Castro led the crowd in reciting the names while facing in […]

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New Mexico MMIWR Task Force points lawmakers to concrete tasks

BY: - May 5, 2022

Phyllis Waukazoo is intently optimistic with the response plan New Mexico leaders presented Thursday to address the systemic failures plaguing the cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people.  “I’m an actual mother of a survivor, and we kind of fled to this state for safety. So I wanted to be familiar with what’s going on,” […]

Justice for Relatives

BY: - May 5, 2022

Geraldine Toya has two reasons to be hopeful. First, she’s in the process of requesting that the Albuquerque Police Department reopen the case involving her daughter Shawna’s death. “I feel relief that something is getting done, you know; we’re wanting to still look for justice, answers,” she said. Second, Toya (Jemez) was in attendance on […]

Ending the ‘life of violence’: Raising awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

BY: - May 5, 2022

May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).  In 2017, the U.S. Senate signed a resolution that designated May 5 as the “National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, introduced the resolution in response to the disappearance […]

Cerro Pelado fire a grim reprise, tearing through the Las Conchas burn scar

BY: - May 4, 2022

Smoke cast an eerie, sepia-toned filter over Los Alamos, N.M., late Monday afternoon as a community meeting was called to order at the county headquarters. Officials from multiple agencies convened to update the public about the fight against the Cerro Pelado fire in the Jemez Mountains. More than 22,000 acres have already burned since April […]

Leaders in tribal education center language preservation

BY: - April 29, 2022

Except for towers of smoke from the Cerro Pelado wildfire billowing over the horizon, Wednesday was a perfectly clear, mild spring morning in the mountain valley where New Mexico lawmakers visiting Jemez Pueblo were greeted by several of the tribe’s educational leaders.  Surveying the distant smoke from an overlook, Democratic state Sen. Benny Shendo, Jr., […]

U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

BY: - April 28, 2022

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department’s tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday. The administration’s budget request for fiscal 2023 would significantly increase spending for the Interior Department. Its agencies oversee onshore oil […]

Proposed drilling ban around Chaco Canyon gets support from All Pueblo Council of Governors

BY: - April 27, 2022

About three months ago, staff from the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribal Historic Preservation Office were doing a field research survey at Dalton Pass, a cultural site in McKinley County west of Crownpoint. The staff gazed in disbelief upon a ceremonial kiva pit with a barbecue grill in the middle, along with treadmarks going right over […]