Branding of Navajo man is first case under new hate crimes law
A new federal law is being applied for the first time in a hate crimes case in New Mexico.

Three men have been charged under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. They are accused of kidnapping Vincent Kee, a 22-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, branding a swastika on his arm, shaving a swastika into the back of his head and writing "White Power" and anti-Indian remarks on his body.

Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the case at the 12th National Indian Nations Conference on Thursday.

Get the Story:
Department of Justice commitment to Indians reaffirmed (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 12/10)

Related Stories:
Hate crime charges another scar in border town's shaky history (11/30)
Federal hate crimes charges for attack on disabled Navajo man (11/15)
Federal charges likely in case over branding of Navajo Nation man (7/20)
Letter: Navajo Nation commission clings to victim mentality (6/11)
Officers didn't believe man who was branded with swastika (6/3)
Officials condemn swastika branding incident in New Mexico (5/19)
Panel calls special meeting over swastika branding incident (5/18)
Police probe officer's response to swastika-branding incident (5/14)
Men in court over swastika-branding incident in New Mexico (5/11)
Men accused of branding swastika on Navajo Nation victim (5/10)