Editorial: Domestic violence claims Navajo weaver

"Last week Anita Tsosie became our region's latest victim.

A well-known Navajo weaver, Tsosie, was shot dead at her Cortez, Colo. home.

The case is still under investigation and while no one has since been charged with the crime, Colorado law enforcement officials are still looking for Herman Tsosie.

Police have named Anita's estranged husband as a suspect in the alleged murder.

If this turns out to be a domestic violence case, it will become one in an ever-growing number of such cases in the area.

According to the American Indian Health Council, American Indian women experience the highest rate of violence of any group in the United States, with domestic violence leading to homicide as the third leading cause of death for Native women. Of American Indian women murdered, more than 75 percent were killed by a family member or someone they knew. Though domestic violence is rampant on the reservation, there is no Navajo Nation law specifically addressing domestic violence within the Navajo Nation Code.

Numerous agencies have reported that the number of Native American domestic violence cases are twice the national average."

Get the Story:
Domestic violence claims another Four Corner's life (The Farmington Daily Times 4/16)

Relevant Links:
Anita Tsosie - http://www.anitatsosie.com
Southwestern Association for American Indian Arts - http://www.swaia.org

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