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Navajo Nation approves study of racism in border towns

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. signed a bill into law that authorizes a study of racial discrimination in border towns and makes a one-time payment to the family of Navajo man who was shot and killed by a border town police officer.

The Navajo Nation Council authorized $300,000 for the study and for legal expenses of Clint John's family. John was killed after a domestic violence incident in Farmington, New Mexico.

The shooting death, and the beating of a Navajo man at the hands of three white males in Farmington, has raised concern about racism in border towns. The Navajo Department of Justice will study discrimination Navajos face in these communities.

Get the Story:
Navajo council seeks border study (The Farmington Daily Times 7/7)

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

Relevant Links:
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