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Former Navajo chairman speaks on elder abuse

Former Navajo Nation chairman Peter MacDonald criticized tribal leaders for not addressing a reported incident of elder abuse.

MacDonald said it was outrageous that Rena Babbitt Lane, 84, could have been abused in her own home. "But I didn't see any outrage by our leaders in Window Rock," he said, The Gallup Independent reported.

President Joe Shirley, Jr. and Vice-President Frank Dayish, Jr. have not responded to the incident, which occurred last month, but a staffer said it was being looked int. Lane said she suffered a heart attack as a result of her mistreatment.

Get the Story:
Where's the outrage? (The Gallup Independent 12/7)

Relevant Documents:
Hopi-Navajo Intergovernmental Compact

Relevant Links:
Hopi Tribe - http://www.hopi.nsn.us
Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org
Black Mesa Indigenous Support, Navajo family support site - http://www.blackmesais.org

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