Navajo student charged with roommate's death

An 18-year-old member of the Navajo Nation was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday after allegedly killing her roommate at the University of Arizona.

Galareka Harrison is being held in Tucson. She was arrested on Wednesday after an early morning fight that left 19-year-old Mia Henderson, also Navajo, dead.

Harrison and Henderson were freshmen in UA's Native American Young Scholars program. They were housed together at the Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall and had apparently been having problems since the start of the term a couple of weeks ago.

Indian students at UA were stunned by the incident. So was Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. "I hate to think about it in those terms, but is the culture going away, are we losing the culture?" he told the Associated Press.

A Navajo medicine man cleansed the dorm and held a ceremony on Thursday.

Get the Story:
Navajo ceremony cleanses, heals slain teen's dorm (The Arizona Daily Star 9/7)
Questions linger over loss of Navajo culture in wake of incident (AP 9/7)
Police: Dorm Killing Linked to Theft (AP 9/7)
Area coed accused of killing (The Gallup Independent 9/6)

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