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Distance Learning: Can After-School Tutoring Help Kids Catch Up?

By Desta Shaw When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, schools had to scramble to find ways to educate students from a distance. “There’s been a huge disconnect between teachers and students,” says Cara Hyatt, a coordinator with the Santa Fe–based tutoring program Mentoring Kids Works NM. According to Hyatt, the transition to online learning put elementary...
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Ghosts of the Food Industry

By Debon Victor The COVID-19 pandemic has left many restaurants without income, as shutdowns have severed dine-in eaters from servers and both virtual and ghost kitchens compete for customers on delivery apps. That competition, however, has led to too many online restaurants. Now those same restaurants that faced grim pandemic prospects are facing a second...
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The Santa Fe Obelisk Has Been Torn Down. Now What?

By Teklu Hogan On October 12, 2020, at the fifth annual Indigenous People’s Day in New Mexico, a crowd of about 50 occupied the historic Santa Fe Plaza in peaceful protest. Participants sang traditional songs, conversed with bystanders, and held signs that brought attention to a diverse array of issues affecting Indigenous people both around...
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The Indigenous Futurist

By Chachee Valentine Deserts away from the concrete jungle of Silicon Valley, past mesas and juniper grassland, to open plains of oak and mesquite, Téo Montoya and his uncle shared a ride to visit family in their Texas homelands. After seeking input from a savvy, respected elder on the steps needed to create a sustainable...
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Seeds, Bees, and Biomimicry Feed IAIA’s Growing Seed Bank

By Triana Reid Teresa Quintana opens the middle drawer of a dark green file cabinet and gently picks up various mason jars, paper sacks, and plastic baggies. Quintana (Kiowa), the program associate and gardener with the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Land-Grant Program, says their names, reading labels on the containers or peering inside...
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Sonwai Wakayuta: Artist and Activist

By Tiana Martinez Sonwai Wakayuta (Hualapai and Hopi) paints mirrored white lines, creating a mural from a maze-like trail of fingerprints. Her brushstrokes move in spirals, creating two paths that threaten to clash but never meet. Wakayuta says that a mural is a painting with its own breath and life, one that writes its own...
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