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Racial tension in Farmington prompts meetings


Racial tensions in Farmington, New Mexico, have prompted a series of meeting among local, state, federal and Navajo Nation officials.

Navajo leaders have become concerned about the shooting death of a Navajo man by a police officer in Farmington. In a separate incident, three white males were arrested for the beating of Navajo man in Farmington.

The tribe and the city met yesterday along with the Department of Justice's Community Relations Service. The state of New Mexico also sent Indian Affairs Secretary Benny Shendo to Farmington.

Tribal and city officials say more talks are needed to address racism issues. The tribe has initiated a study of racism in border towns like Farmington.

Get the Story:
City, Navajo Nation call for talks (The Farmington Daily Times 6/29)

Civil Rights Commission Report:
The Farmington Report: Civil Rights for Native Americans 30 Years Later (November 2005)

Relevant Links:
Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org

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