Pueblo urges communication for the success of its students


Sign reads: “Per order of tribal leadership we will close Friday 4/27. Will reopen May 2nd @ 3:00” Students from the pueblo must balance missing school and participating in traditional events or risk falling behind in class. Photo by: Megan Aguilar

Invitations are being sent out, DJs are being booked, and balloons are being delivered, graduation is just around the corner. Not all high school students are rallying in celebration, however.

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New job could help truancy on the pueblo


The U.S. Department of Education warns  that students chronically absent fromin preschool, kindergarten and first grade fail to develop reading skills necessary to go on to finish high school. Photo: Megan Aguilar

A new position in San Felipe Pueblo looks to create open communication with surrounding schools to alleviate the problem of truancy among Native students.

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Fight for broadband access unites four pueblos


Katishtya library, located in the middle of San Felipe Pueblo, serves as important resource for both students and adults trying to access classes and learning tools. Photo: Megan Aguilar / NM News Port


As winds whip the San Felipe Pueblo, it’s quiet in the community’s main library. Then whispers of frustration begin to build. They come from the computer area, as “server not found” warnings pop up on computer screens. The internet is down again.

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Lucrative land dispute continues between tribes


The Tribal offices of San Felipe Pueblo, where Governor Anthony Ortiz looks over issues like tribal land issues. Photo: Megan Aguilar

Governor Anthony Ortiz says land dispute is not looking good for the Pueblo of San Felipe (PSF). This past January, Ortiz was appointed governor for a second term in the pueblo. One of his continuing efforts for the community is fighting for overlapping land that both San Felipe and Santa Ana Pueblo share. If won, land valued at $186,000 would be awarded and could provide aid in funding future community projects and wildlife conservation efforts.

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A Look Back at Warped Tour 2016


Shawn Marquis, Vanna, last year at Vans Warped Tour, Balloon Fiesta Park.

Warped season is here! With this year’s lineup focusing more on quality versus quantity, fans can expect to see a shorter lineup this year than in 2016. But with bands like CKY, Gwar, Silverstein, and Blessthefall, there should be no problem getting a full dose of killer music throughout the day.

Warped tour rolls through Albuquerque on June 21st, at the Balloon Fiesta Park, and through Las Cruces on August 1st, at the New Mexico State University Intramural Field.

So as the day draws near, I thought I’d share some of my favorite shots from last year’s stop in Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque photojournalist discusses covering crime


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(Megan Aguilar / New Mexico News Port) Albuquerque Journal photographer Roberto Rosales pays his respects before photographing a small shrine created for Joel Suina, the 6-year-old victim of a police officer involved car crash. The photo was for an article in the newspaper regarding the incident that led to the fatal crash–a 911 call to which the officer was responding.

Roberto Rosales, a photographer for the Albuquerque Journal, kneels to the ground in front of a new roadside memorial on the northeast corner of Eubank Boulevard and Indian School Boulevard. His expression is mournful as he photographs the memorial’s items, including a teddy bear and a small red Superman cape hung from a stoplight pole. The shrine memorializes the death of Joel Suina, a 6-year-old boy who died days after a police officer crashed into his mother’s car.

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Crossing the Trans Human Divide


Megan Aguilar & Diana Cervantes


Stacy Fatemi recalls what it was like before her transition while in her home on March 3rd, 2017. Fatemi has been on the road toward transitioning for two years. Photo: Diana Cervantes

Albuquerque — As one of the most underrepresented and marginalized groups, transgender women of color face adverse harassment, from both institutions and individuals. Advocates like Stacy Fatemi are taking to social media to raise awareness.

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Laws and Policy: An Immigration Series


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El Centro de la Raza hosts 3rd installation of immigration series Thursday afternoon in Mesa Vista Hall. For more information about the center visit room 1153. Photo by Megan Aguilar.

In an intimate meeting Thursday afternoon, members of El Centro de la Raza, a Latino advocacy group on UNM campus, discussed what some said is an the invasive application process immigration policies like DACA require, and the criminalization of immigrants coming into the United States.

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