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Navajos turn out for civil rights commission hearing

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing on Friday to address discrimination against Navajos and other Native Americans.

The hearing was held in Farmington, New Mexico, a city near the Navajo Reservation. Testimony last 12 hours, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

Navajo leaders and residents spoke of discrimination they experienced. They said they are treated unfairly by businesses and law enforcement in Farmington.

Duane "Chili" Yazzie, the president of the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation, said he gave the city a "B-" on race relations, up from a "D" in the 1970s, when three white youth brutally murdered three Navajo men. Yazzie said Farmington was called "the Selma, Alabama, of the Southwest."

Get the Story:
Farmington Struggles With Civil Rights Issues (The Albuquerque Journal 5/1)
Commission takes look at racial discrimination (AP 5/2)

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