The son of a single mother on Isleta Pueblo, Miguel Trujillo became an important figure in civil rights history. After serving as a Marine in World War II, Trujillo came home to find he could not vote in his home state of New Mexico. The state constitution barred Native Americans under the pretense that they paid no property taxes. Trujillo filed suit after he was turned away at his polling place. He won his suit, opening the door for voting rights for all New Mexico tribal members. Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce honors Trujillo’s legacy with Pat Abeita (Isleta Pueblo), Miguel Trujillo’s granddaughter; Alec Bright, museum professional and Miguel Trujillo researcher; and Janice Lucero (Isleta Pueblo), voting rights advocate and community organizer.
Break 1 music: Wim Ah I Wem, Tiwa (single) Gregg Analla (artist)
Break 2 music: Hunting Chant (song) Art Napoleon (artist) Miyoskamin (Early Springtime) (album)