Murat Oztaskin

Ostazkin is a freelance journalist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is on the editorial staff of The New Yorker as a writer, copy editor and web producer. His work has also been published by PBS Frontline, Outside, Modern Luxury Miami Magazine and other publications. Ostazkin holds a bachelor's degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, from Kenyon College, Ohio.
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‘Without language, we are nothing’: New Mexico to pay Native-language teachers equally

A new law ensures that all New Mexico teachers with Native-language certification will be paid on par with other educators. Previously, their pay was decided on a district-by-district basis, with some full-time teachers making less than $20,000 a year. The new law was enacted as part of a Tribal Remedy Framework endorsed by all 23 of New Mexico's tribal nations that seeks to transform education for Native American children in the state.

New Mexico’s first Native family court points to success keeping kids in tribal communities

New Mexico’s Native family court was inaugurated in January, 2020, with the intention of helping prevent the separation of Indigenous children from their families and tribes. The court, based in Albuquerque, is dedicated to hearing child welfare cases that fall under the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. 

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