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Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country

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Statement Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C. Dec. 12

By Robert Johnson
Assistant Director Criminal Investigative Division FBI

Good afternoon Chairman Hoeven, Vice Chairman Udall, and members of the committee. I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the FBI’s ongoing...

Baby shot in motel room

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Mother and boyfriend arrested for child abuse

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Gallup Police Department officers responded to the shooting of an 8-month-old baby Dec. 8, which resulted in the arrest of the child's mother and boyfriend for child abuse.

According to a criminal complaint, GPD Officer Darius Johnson was dispatched to Zia Motel, 915 E Hwy 66, at about 6:35 pm, in reference to shots fired.

At the scene, Johnson met GPD Officer D. Hoffman, who arrived before him and had picked up an individual who was carrying an 8-month-old child who had been shot in the face.

According to a Dec. 9 GPD press release, the person who Hoffman found holding the baby "heard the mother crying for help and was...

Juveniles walk away from Boys Reintegration Center

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ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico State Police was called to the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center at 4000 Edith Blvd around 10:30 am Dec. 8 for two juveniles who walked had away from the facility.

The juveniles were identified as Zane Fernandez, 20, of Carlsbad, and Benjamin Galind, 17, of Roswell.

Fernandez is described as a Hispanic male who is five-foot-five and 148 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  He has the following tattoos: “Anna” on his left forearm, “Fernandez” on his right forearm, a cross on his right upper arm and three dots on the corners of both eyes. He has a scar on his left wrist.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, white shoes and a black...

MCSO warns of warrant-money scam

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Man claims to be police, demands money

The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to area residents about a scam. The scam entailed an individual who said he was a police officer and demanded money to clear up outstanding warrants he claimed the victim had.

At least one person in the area fell for the scam, and local law enforcement officials ask anyone who receives such a phone call to get in touch with the Sheriff’s Office or the Gallup Police Department immediately.

MCSO first learned of the scam Nov. 17, when a man reported he had been the victim of one such incident.

The man, who was not identified, said it all began with a phone call from a male who claimed...

President Begaye honors George H.W. Bush

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41st president was first to proclaim National American Indian Heritage Month

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States of America, passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

“President George H.W. Bush demonstrated tremendous leadership in the highest office in the world,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. “I offer my sincere respect and pay tribute to his legacy. May God bless him and his family at this time.”

In WWII, he served as a Navy pilot, flew 58 combat missions and survived being shot down after his plane took enemy fire over the Pacific.

He later graduated from Yale University, started a successful oil business...
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