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Census

article Census deadline moved up, surprising NM native communities
(8/5/2020)
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico’s tribal communities suddenly find themselves in a rush to reorganize their plans to ensure a complete census count after federal...
article Early census deadline has New Mexico officials reeling
(8/4/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Cristina Caltagirone paused to catch her breath as she laid out everything she suddenly had to do in the face of a new deadline. Drive promotional...
article Tribal communities have low returns as U.S. Census set to begin door-to-door phase
(7/23/2020)
(New Mexico) -- While 99 percent of homes on the New Mexico side of the Navajo Nation have received their “Update Leave” census packet–a specific form...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

False Idols

article New Mexico school officially dumps Spanish conquistador name
(8/5/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A southern New Mexico school district blocked efforts Tuesday to repeal a vote to change the name of a high school named after a brutal Spanish...
article Las Cruces board member who cast deciding vote to rename Oñate High School now regrets it
(7/27/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A member of the Las Cruces school board who made a key vote that ended up removing the name of a Spanish conquistador from a high school now regrets her...
article New Mexico high school to drop Spanish conquistador name
(7/15/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico high school named after a Spanish conquistador will be renamed following nationwide protests against racial injustice. The Las Cruces School...
article Statues Of Conquistador Juan De Oñate Come Down As New Mexico Wrestles With History
(7/13/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The movement for racial justice is toppling statues across America, from Robert E. Lee to Christopher Columbus — and now the Spanish conquistador,...
article New Mexico Statue Defenders Oppose 'Pueblo Revolt of 2020'
(7/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Some Hispanics and Native Americans in a New Mexico valley want to reinstate the statue of a Spanish colonial ruler that officials removed in June as...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Mescalero Apache

article Mescalero Apache Tribe lifting lockdown this week
(8/5/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The Mescalero Apache Tribe will loosen its restrictions this week. Tribal President Gabe Aguilar issued an executive order Tuesday ending the lockdown...
article Mescalero man charged with sexual abuse of a minor
(8/5/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Pasqual Francis Ortega, 35, a member of the Mescalero Apache Nation was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces, on Aug. 4 for sexual abuse of a minor.
article 26 additional virus cases added in Doña Ana County as Mescalero Apache outbreak grows
(7/26/2020)
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Health officials reported 266 additional COVID-19 cases statewide, including 26 in Doña Ana County, five in Otero County, and eight in Lincoln...
article Major Ruidoso Attractions Temporarily Closed Due To COVID-19
(7/23/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Major attractions operated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe have temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Here is a statement from the Tribe: The Mescalero...
article Mescalero Apache Tribe on lockdown after COVID-19 spike reported on reservation
(7/22/2020)
(New Mexico) -- President of the Mescalero Apache Tribe Gabe Aguilar announced that all tribal members are on lockdown after a spike in COVID-19 hit the reservation near...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation backs away from buying Remington
(8/5/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has ended its pursuit to buy a centuries-old manufacturer of firearms and ammunition. The tribe had been in talks to acquire Remington...
article Los Alamos Community Funds Scholarships For Two Navajo Women
(8/4/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Jonnie Woodie is a junior at New Mexico Tech and is doing biomedical research with one of her professors on treating type 2 diabetes. Marcella Kee is a...
article Thousands of Navajo Nation homes without plumbing amid virus
(8/1/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Seventy- six-year-old Louise Johnson made a plea for help in her cellphone voicemail message. “My name is Louise Johnson. I live in the Superman...
article Navajo story inspires designer
(7/25/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Orlando Dugi conjures the night sky in shimmering silk sparkling with beadwork. The first dress the Diné designer entered into the Santa Fe Indian Market...
article Delegates support chapter government operations, proclamation for Diné Pride Week
(7/24/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Before ending the summer session this week, the Navajo Nation Council voted in favor of authorizing chapter governments to continue holding meetings by...
article 'We get to celebrate in a different way': Sanostee honors grads, student promotions
(7/18/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Headlights flashed on Navajo Route 34 as a parade to celebrate high school and college graduates and student promotions from the community moved toward...
article Navajo Nation, environmentalists fight rollback of U.S. water rule
(7/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The nation’s largest Native American tribe and several environmental groups are waging a legal challenge to a revised federal rule that lifts...
article Navajo Nation president expresses concern over county jail conditions
(7/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- While New Mexico grapples with a delayed roll-out of reopening businesses and cancelled public events, some detention centers are grappling with...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article Native Americans dying at much higher rate from COVID-19
(8/4/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The mortality and hospitalization rates for Native Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 remain far above other racial and ethnic groups in New Mexico, even...
article COLUMN: Don’t let COVID-19 strip Indian Country of chance to connect
(7/28/2020)
(New Mexico) -- By every measure, Indian Country lags far behind national access to high-speed internet, and in some cases, lacks internet access altogether. This is a...
article San Anselmo nurse aids virus-stricken tribes in New Mexico
(7/27/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Surrounded by a small farm, a car graveyard and miles of New Mexico desert — seems a world away from the cozy San Anselmo apartment she left behind...
article Pandemic Complicates Tribes' Quest For Data Sovereignty
(7/13/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Imagine if your state health department put out a press release specifically naming your family, and listing the number of your family members with COVID...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

MMIW

article Justice Department names Diné to coordinate missing, murdered Indigenous people response
(8/1/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A member of the Navajo Nation has been appointed to a U.S. Department of Justice position to help address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous...
article Isleta investigator to lead new DOJ initiative
(7/30/2020)
(New Mexico) -- An Isleta Pueblo police investigator will be heading up the federal government’s response to cases involving missing and murdered indigenous people...
article Navajo criminal investigator to head DOJ 'missing and murdered' initiative
(7/28/2020)
(New Mexico) -- United States Attorney John C. Anderson appointed a Navajo criminal investigator to a new position Monday (July 27) that will assist New Mexico's 22...
article Task force member survived sexual assault, shares family’s stories
(7/6/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Becky Johnson can best be described as a survivor, a fighter and an advocate. A victim of sexual assault at the age of 13, the 42-year-old Navajo woman...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Jicarilla Apache Nation

article Jicarilla Nation Virus Outbreak Prompts Lockdown
(7/30/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 on the Jicarilla Apache Nation and in surrounding communities increased sharply last week. As of July...
1 Article on this Issue

Mascot Issue

article New Mexico graduate fighting to keep Native American caricature logo
(7/28/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A graduate of a southwestern New Mexico high school is fighting the state’s lieutenant governor over his call to remove a baseball stadium’s...
article New Mexico's Lt. Gov. wants stadium's 'Chief Wahoo' dropped
(7/19/2020)
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico’s lieutenant governor has called on the high school baseball team he once coached to remove its stadium's logo of a Native American...
article ‘Conquistador’ image on New Mexico water tank targeted
(7/1/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A Jemez Pueblo activist is seeking to start talks with a New Mexico town around a conquistador image on a water tank as protesters pressure local towns...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article LISTEN: COVID-19 is Leading to Food Scarcity in Indigenous Communities
(7/27/2020)
(New Mexico) -- As a result of the global pandemic, and the closures of restaurants and stores, we’ve seen a shortage in some food supplies. And while shortages...
article BLOG: Keeping seed sovereignty local
(7/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- On a chilly February morning in 2018, the New Mexico State Capitol in Albuquerque bustled with activity as constituents from across the state gathered to...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Santa Ana Pueblo

article Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel to stay closed until better COVID-19 trends
(7/25/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The Santa Ana Pueblo announced Thursday that it is delaying the opening of the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel for another 30 days. The hotel said in a...
article Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel to temporarily close for another 30 days
(7/24/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The decision to extend the closure was made by the Governors of the Pueblo of Santa Ana and Tamaya Enterprises Inc. The hotel located in Bernalillo, New...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Taos Pueblo

article FBI has no new clues in 2019 Taos Pueblo slayings
(7/25/2020)
(New Mexico) -- More than a year after a father and son were slain at a Taos Pueblo home, no arrests have been made in connection to the crime. FBI spokesman Frank...
1 Article on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article 30,000 New Mexicans could be impacted by new SNAP benefit rule
(7/25/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A new SNAP rule could impact 30,000 New Mexican’s ability to put food on the table for their families. “Everyone should have access to food....
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article Two Taos Pueblo filmmakers win Sen. John Pinto Fund grants
(7/24/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The legacy of the longest-serving Native American legislator in U.S. history, Senator John Pinto, of the Navajo Nation, who served as a Democratic member...
article The long and short of it: "Emerging Voices in Native Film"
(7/17/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Short films are an essential building block for aspiring filmmakers to practice their craft. Even so, they aren’t always easy to find and watch....
article LISTEN: Kasigluk Artist Golga Oscar
(7/2/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Golga Oscar is a photographer and designer from Kasigluk. He graduated from Akiuk Memorial School in 2016, and is now attending the Institute for...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

New Mexico Gaming

article Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel decides to delay its opening due to Covid-19
(7/23/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Visitors of the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel will have to wait a little longer for its doors to reopen. The Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel is pushing back...
1 Article on this Issue

Sports Leagues

article Lt. Gov. Morales asked Cobre schools to remove Chief Wahoo from baseball stadium
(7/21/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Drawn by his love for baseball and the high school he once coached at in the early 2000s, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales has made a request to the Cobre...
1 Article on this Issue

Grand Canyon

article Quarantine or not, tourists still flock to New Mexico
(7/15/2020)
(New Mexico) -- In the New Mexico mountain resort of Red River, tourists from Texas stroll along Main Street, most disregarding Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s...
1 Article on this Issue

Redskins

article Cochiti Pueblo artist 'elated' at NFL team's removal of racist mascot name
(7/14/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Mateo Romero woke up to news that he waited four decades to hear — the Washington Redskins are dead. The 53-year-old artist from the Cochiti Pueblo...
article Begay expresses relief, joy for Washington retiring nickname
(7/13/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Notah Begay III, Albuquerque’s famous golfer, said he became more aware of derogatory imagery of his Native American people while in college when...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Vote

article Native Americans faced difficulties voting in primary
(7/11/2020)
(New Mexico) -- When members of Acoma Pueblo tried to vote during the June 2 primary, some were turned away by armed National Guard troops enforcing a strict COVID-19...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Local Water Protector Talks DAPL Shutdown
(7/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- In 2016, thousands of people from many tribal nations converged to support the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota in trying to stop the...
1 Article on this Issue

CARES act

article Governor's vetos could cost New Mexico tribes some funding
(7/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article 8 Artists To Know From This Year’s Virtual Santa Fe Indian Market
(8/5/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The annual Santa Fe Indian Market, one of the largest shoppable markets for Indigenous craftwork in the world, looks a little different this year....
article $20 million gift to ABQ nonprofit will benefit thousands of Native American students
(8/4/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Angelique Albert knew something big was in store, and so she had prepared for the moment. The executive director of Albuquerque's American Indian...
article Silversmith forges his own path with balance, harmony
(8/1/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Five generations of Navajo silversmiths flow through the veins of Jacob Morgan. Now based in Rio Rancho, Morgan shapes and solders silver sheets and...
article Unraveling the mystery of a stolen ceremonial shield
(7/31/2020)
(New Mexico) -- For most of a century, before the shield went missing, it lived in the Pueblo of Acoma in west-central New Mexico. Acoma is one of the state’s 19...
article Indian Pueblo Cultural Center awards scholarships
(7/31/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The 2020 recipients of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts are Isabel Otero of Isleta Pueblo and Christian Vicenti of...
article Rebuilding cultural identity
(7/25/2020)
(New Mexico) -- “We are part Earth and Sky, part flesh and spirit. Dancing through two worlds, forever seeking the knowledge of those gone before us.”...
article 'An icon in Indian Country': Noted radio host and journalist Harlan McKosato passes on
(7/22/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A man who spent 12 years as the host and producer of the nationally broadcast radio show Native America Calling and was once considered the “voice...
article Journalist addressed Native issues in columns, radio shows
(7/22/2020)
(New Mexico) -- For some two decades, Harlan McKosato’s columns and radio news shows spotlighted both the challenges and success stories within Native American...
article Nakotah LaRance, Acclaimed Native American Hoop Dancer, Dies at 30
(7/19/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Nakotah LaRance, a nationally acclaimed Hopi-Tewa hoop dancer who performed with Cirque du Soleil, died on July 12 near the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New...
article Streaming now: ‘Emerging Voices in Native Film’
(7/18/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Large-scale motion pictures produced out of big budget studios in Hollywood, and Albuquerque, have slowed to a crawl as a result of the pandemic. But, at...
article NAC: New Mexico confronts public education disparities
(7/16/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Two lawsuits are shining a harsh light on New Mexico’s learning environments for Native American students. The American Civil Liberties Union of...
article World-class hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance dies
(7/15/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Champion hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance, who travelled the world performing with Cirque du Soleil then returned to New Mexico to coach youth dancers, has...
article 'He made people smile in awe': Celebrated hoop dance champion Nakotah LaRance passes on
(7/14/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Tributes are pouring in from Indian Country following the passing of Nakotah LaRance, a champion Pueblo, Hopi, Navajo and Assiniboine hoop dancer whose...
article Pecos exploratory drilling faces stricter environmental assessment
(7/12/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Santa Fe National Forest officials are now reviewing a proposed exploratory drilling project near Tererro using an in-depth environmental assessment...
article Get behind-the-scenes look into Native American artists’ work with SAR Artists Live Instagram series
(7/10/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The School for Advanced Research has kicked off SAR Artists Live, a new series on Instagram that takes viewers behind-the-scenes and into the workspace...
article Indian Pueblo Cultural Center creates virtual guides
(7/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center may be closed during the pandemic but they’re still sharing Native American tradition. The center has created a virtual...
article The Magic Mountains of the Acoma Pueblo and Thomas Mann
(7/6/2020)
(New Mexico) -- In 1912, the young novelist Thomas Mann accompanied his wife, Katia, to the Wald Sanitarium in Davos, Switzerland, so she could receive treatment for...
article National Gallery of Art acquires painting by Native American
(7/5/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A painting by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is joining works by the legendary pop artists Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol at the National Gallery of Art....
article As monument debate rages, Catua and Omtua wait
(7/4/2020)
(New Mexico) -- It has been more than two years since the city of Santa Fe formally accepted the gift of a sculpture from Tesuque Pueblo. And it may be another two years...
article Sands of homeland inspire potter’s work
(7/4/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The pottery of Preston Duwyenie echoes the shifting sands of Hopi Pueblo laced with the silver ripples of a rare rainstorm. Duwyenie is one of more than...

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