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Nine names heading to the governor, who will select a brand new Public Regulation Commission

BY: - December 2, 2022

The committee responsible for sorting through the applicants who are seeking an appointment to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission  unanimously voted on Friday to refer nine names to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.  One notable name was not on the list: Commissioner Cynthia Hall, who served on the PRC since 2017 representing the Albuquerque area. […]

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Fixing TANF in New Mexico is ‘one of the most important’ tasks for 2023 session, senator says 

BY: - December 2, 2022

Lawmakers indicated support for legislation that would reform a cash assistance program by increasing the amount distributed and eliminating barriers to make sure it gets to the most New Mexicans in need. The primary problem: 60% of New Mexicans who qualify for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program are not enrolled and do not […]

Harvard announces return of Native hair samples

BY: - December 2, 2022

Tucked in hundreds of envelopes is the hair cut from Native children as they arrived at boarding schools. Hidden away for nearly 100 years in the recesses of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, the collection of hair samples offers tangible evidence of the trauma of assimilation. According to the hygiene of the day, cropping […]

U.S. Supreme Court to review Biden student debt relief plan in February

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments in February over a legal challenge by six Republican-led states to the Biden administration student borrower relief plan. Until the arguments are heard and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction […]

Congress passes law to crack down on exports of sacred Native American items

BY: - December 2, 2022

A cherished, century-old Acoma shield was stolen from the pueblo in the 1970s. Decades later, it showed up in a French auction catalog. Congress this week sent a bill to President Joe Biden’s desk that aims to crack down on the export of Native American patrimony, defined as objects with lasting historical or cultural significance.  […]

U.S. Senate averts freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to codify an agreement the White House brokered between rail unions and freight companies in order to avoid a catastrophic rail strike, but fell short of enough votes to include paid sick leave for workers. The Senate backed the rail deal on an 80-15 vote and rejected […]

Members of UNM's chapter of Turning Point USA film the protesters outside an event with Charlie Kirk on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.

Officers detain demonstrators during protest on UNM campus against conspiracy theorist Charlie Kirk

BY: - December 1, 2022

State Police in riot gear showed up at the Student Union Building on the University of New Mexico campus during a peaceful protest and detained three protesters of color on Wednesday night.  The protest was held in response to Turning Point USA’s UNM chapter hosting a speaking event on campus with Charlie Kirk, the founder […]

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Though NM outlawed the practice, hospitals are still suing folks with low incomes to collect debt

BY: - December 1, 2022

Even after New Mexico made it illegal for hospitals to send collectors after people with low incomes who owe them money or to sue patients to collect medical debt, a review of court records finds that hospitals or their collection agencies have filed more than 700 lawsuits trying to do exactly that. Over 200,000 New […]

President Joe Biden greets Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland during the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit at the Department of the Interior on Nov. 30, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Biden pledges federal commitment to Indian Country at the tribal summit

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he is poised to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred site for Native American tribes in southern Nevada, as a national monument that would ensure the preservation of ancestral lands for those 12 tribes.  “I’m committed to protecting this sacred place that is central to the creation […]

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What’s the deal with New Mexico’s PRC?

BY: , , and - December 1, 2022

If you’ve never heard of the state’s Public Regulation Commission, you’ve likely still observed the consequences of its decisions in your daily life. On your electricity bill, for example. Or your gas bill. Your water bill.  Commissioners also have a hand in broadband and telecommunications around the state, and field consumer complaints.  Transportation, too. Staff […]

Native American Women Warriors color guard post colors at Day One of the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit in the Sidney Yates Auditorium at the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 30, 2022.

Tribal leaders get Joe Biden’s attention

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The halls of the Department of the Interior were abuzz with conversations and laughter before the beginning of the 10th annual White House Tribal Nations Summit, and the first in-person one since 2016 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Yates Auditorium, five flag bearers wearing jingle dresses were walking slowly back from […]

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) gets a congratulatory fist-bump as he walks into the U.S. Capitol after he was elected House Democratic leader for the 118th Congress on Nov. 30, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

U.S. House Democrats make history electing first Black party leader in Congress

BY: - December 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The three U.S. House Democrats who have led their party through four presidencies and thousands of floor votes formally passed the torch to the next generation Wednesday, when the party gathered behind closed doors to elect its top leaders for the 118th Congress.  House Democrats named Hakeem Jeffries, of New York, as their […]