Navajo leaders offer support to hate crime victims
June 20, 2018 10:17 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission hosted a seminar in Albuquerque that aims to bring awareness to hate crimes against Navajo people.
Much of the discussion Wednesday focused on the case involving Vincent Kee.
In 2011, he was tortured and defaced with Nazi imagery.
His attackers, Paul Beebe, Jesse Sanford, and William Hatch were the first suspects in the United States to be charged and convicted with a federal hate crime, under the Shepard-Bird Act of 2009.
Commission chairwoman Jennifer Denetdale says this was a perfect opportunity to highlight the benefits of what the human rights commission does for Native Americans.
“We also offer education and support for our Navajo citizens who live in urban areas and who need services regarding cases of racism and discrimination,” Denetdale said.
Updated: June 20, 2018 10:17 PM
Created: June 20, 2018 09:07 PM
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