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Lawsuit: Club didn't want to be known as 'the next Indian bar'





A Navajo Nation family is accusing a nightclub in Farmington, New Mexico, of treating Indian patrons unfairly.

Dustin Charley, his wife, Vanessa, and his brother, Justin, were injured in a fight with employees at the Top Deck club on March 17, 2012. A bouncer pleaded guilty to battery in connection with the incident.

In a lawsuit filed in state court, the Charleys say the bouncer violated the club's policies. They also say the venue didn't want to become known as the ''the next Indian bar," The Farmington Daily Times reported.

According to the lawsuit, club employees referred to Indian patrons as "Yabers" and "TROGs." TROG stands for "Total Reliance on Government."

Justin Charley suffered the most serious injuries during the fight. He has been left with a permanent loss of vision in one of his eyes.

According to the Farmington Daily Times, police responded to 329 calls at the club between May 2011 and May 2013. Of those calls, 64 involved fights and batteries.

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