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Navajo Nation commission report details racial problems in border towns
Race relations will be on the agenda next week during the summer session of the Navajo Nation Council, and one topic of conversation will be a report that summarizes the testimony given by 158 Navajos at 25 public hearings held last year.
“The intention (of the report) is to provide what exists out there from the perspective of the Navajo people – from the individuals that delivered testimony that is very important,” Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Executive Director Leonard Gorman told The Navajo Times.
Among the recommendations made in the report is the adoption of memorandum of agreements with neighboring cities and towns, to facilitate formal investigation of complaints.
According to an executive summary given to The Navajo Times, the report concludes that “It is confirmed that racism and discrimination is present in the border towns.” Duane “Chili” Yazzie, Chairman of the NNHRC, told the paper that the report is significant because of its comprehensive approach to assessing race relations.