Saturday, January 17, 2015

‘Blood Money’: Life and Death in Gallup, NM

Gallup, New Mexico is notorious and deadly for Native people. Ranked as the most "dangerous city" in New Mexico by a recent FBI report, violent, unnatural deaths for Native people has become an everyday fact of life.

Gallup is also the county seat for McKinley County, the poorest county in New Mexico, and borders the Navajo Nation and the Pueblo of Zuni. The small city thrives on Navajo-generated business, and is a convenient 26-mile drive from Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation.

On January 7, the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (NNHRC) held a hearing to discuss police brutality directed towards Navajo citizens, who make up almost half of the city's 22,000 residents. Third in a series of hearings addressing border town law enforcement, several dozen people attended Wednesday's meeting, including McKinley County Commissioners, members of the Gallup City Council, and the Gallup Police Department.



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