Judge rules for Navajo Nation in domestic violence shelter case

A judge for the Navajo Nation sided with the tribe in a dispute over a domestic violence shelter that's under construction on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.

Shiprock District Court Judge Genevieve Woody ruled that the tribe is the rightful owner of the land. She said the defendants, Shiprock Home for Women and Children and RJN Construction, can't interfere with further construction at the site.

The shelter is about 80 percent complete. Woody ordered the tribe to continue work on the site in order to prevent the loss of $1.4 million in state funds.

The facility was originally expected to cost $6 million. It will provide space for 14 adults and 84 children who need help in domestic violence situations.

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