One statue of Juan de Oñate was removed, and another was the center of debate. There has long been tension between Native Americans and Hispanics over Spain’s conquest of New Mexico.
Simon RomeroOur updated story on the terrifying scene in Albuquerque tonight when gunfire broke out at protest over Oñate statue
I heard the shots & was in the crowd when mayhem erupted. Still unclear who fired gun & who got shot. It was chaotic
Simon RomeroNew Mexico takes down statue of Oñate, its conquistador, as protests target monuments of Spanish conquest
"It has to be understood that Acoma has been dealing with this trauma since it happened in 1599," Acoma Gov. Brian Vallo told me
Gallup, N.M. • All the roads into this city on the edge of the Navajo Nation are closed. The soldiers at the checkpoints have their orders: Outsiders must turn around and drive away.
Simon RomeroNative Americans account for 53% of New Mexico’s coronavirus cases, while making up 11% of the state’s population. Our story from Gallup under lockdown as NM tries to curb a surge in infections near the Navajo Nation
She nurtured political aspirations while raising her 1-year-old daughter. Then she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The next day she was dead.
Simon RomeroNavajo pageant winner Valentina Blackhorse, 28, tested positive for Covid-19. The next day she was dead
She nurtured political aspirations while raising her 1-year-old daughter, Poet Bessie Blackhorse Jones
My obituary of Valentina