Navajo Nation to implement emergency system to include Amber Alerts
December 13, 2017 05:18 PM
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed a contract to purchase the software for an emergency alert system, to include amber alerts.
The new system will enable the Nation to push alerts over radio, television and text to all 11 counties that fall within its borders. It should be ready to go by the end of December.
The system comes a year and a half after the horrific kidnapping and killing of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike. The Amber Alert for Mike was delayed by a day because the Navajo Nation did not have its own system.
Instead, the amber alert systems from New Mexico, Arizona and Utah were used, leading to the delay.
In January of this year, Ashlynne Mike’s father sued the nation over the alert delay claiming it led directly to his daughter’s death.
In October, Tom Begaye was convicted to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the kidnapping and killing of Ashlynne Mike.
Updated: December 13, 2017 05:18 PM
Created: December 13, 2017 06:40 AM
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