The Cannon House Office Building is part of the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. Photo: Ken Lund
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Employee of Navajo Nation office charged for bringing gun to U.S. Capitol

An employee of the Navajo Nation Washington Office has been charged for bringing a gun to the U.S. Capitol grounds, according to news reports.

Kimberly Barber, 34, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of an unregistered firearm. She allegedly brought the gun to the Cannon House Office Building last Friday.

According to The Washington Post, Barber didn't know the gun was in a suitcase she brought to the building. Citing two sources, the paper said the gun belonged to a Navajo Nation police officer who was already inside with President Russell Begaye, the paper said.

Kim Barber is seen in a screenshot of the Navajo Nation Washington Office's "Meet the Team" page.

"Both Ms. Barber and the Navajo Nation will continue to fully cooperate with the Capitol Police and the District of Columbia to ensure this unfortunate incident comes to a quick and just conclusion," Barber's attorney told NBC Washington.

Barber is being represented by Charlie Galbraith, a Navajo citizen who worked at the White House during the Obama administration. He also worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.

Barber is a Navajo citizen as well. She is an administrative service officer at the tribe's D.C. office.

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