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Choke hold death of Gallup man under investigation

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Also under the microscope: choke hold, law enforcement policies

At a point in time when use of excessive force by police is in the spotlight nationwide, New Mexico’s Attorney General, Hector Balderas is calling on the legislature to institute a chokehold ban and a body-worn camera law.

Balderas office is currently...

Arizona man evades authorities for months

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An Arizona man was arrested May 29 by federal marshals after a months-long search revealed he frequently traveled to Gallup for pleasure.

The man, identified as Isaiah Peshlakai, no age given, was wanted for a parole violation.

Peshlakai had been convicted in Phoenix, Ariz. on a charge of aggravated assault and served time. When he was released on probation in 2017, he was told not to commit any further crimes during the probationary period.

Peshlakai was serving his probation in Winslow, Ariz., but the FBI’s investigation of a more recent incident that occurred in Flagstaff, Ariz., led agents to believe he was involved.

A warrant was issued in Coconino County, Ariz., on Jan. 31...

COVID-19 Relief Fund marks three months providing relief for Navajo, Hopi families

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TSIIZIZII, DINÉTAH (LEUPP, NAVAJO NATION) — The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund marks its third month of operations as the Navajo Nation remains a hotspot for COVID-19. The Navajo Nation has, 5,808 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 269 who have passed on in just three months as curfews and restrictions on businesses are lifted throughout the U.S.

“Our all-volunteer leadership team remains steadfast and committed to diligently protecting the well-being and health of vulnerable Navajo and Hopi community members during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Relief Fund founder Ethel Branch said. “That this effort has grown from a small crowdfunding campaign with a handful of volunteers...

There may be more to know about COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

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Giving a new perspective on the high COVID-19 case numbers in McKinley County, particularly on the Navajo Nation, two Diné College science professors have released a research paper called, The Medical Basis for Increased Susceptibility of COVID-19 among the Navajo and other Indigenous Tribes: A Survey.

The Navajo Nation has the highest COVID-19 rate in the United States which is 450% higher than the national average.

Joseph DeSoto, M.D., Ph.D., and Shazia Tabassum Hakim, Ph.D., conclude, in part, that Native Americans and Asians may be particularly susceptible to COVID-19 due to an enzyme they identify as ACE2.

The two professors work in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math...

Repeat domestic violence offender sentenced to 30 years

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Convicted of assault against wife on Ute Reservation

DURANGO, Colo. — United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced June 8, that David Sidney Wells, age 44, of Towaoc, Colo., was sentenced to serve 360 months  in federal prison, followed by 10 years on supervised release, for committing a violent sexual and physical assault against his wife on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation.  The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs joined in the announcement.

According to court documents, as well as facts presented during trial and sentencing, Wells became angry with his wife at their shared residence on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation.  As his wife attempted to flee, Wells...

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