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Domestic violence said to increase on reservation

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado has seen a rise in the number of domestic violence cases, according to the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agent.

Supervisory special agent Bill Yazza said BIA police responded to 14 incidents of domestic violence in April. This was twice the number in the previous month, he said. One of the 14 incidents resulted in a homicide.

Another incident led to charges against Ute Mountain Ute Chairman Selwyn Whiteskunk, 41. He was charged with domestic violence and endangering the welfare of a minor after he allegedly threw a coffee table at his wife and pushed his son, who tried to protect his mother.

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