ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The killing this spring of a homeless man
who police say was shot by two Albuquerque teens “for fun” has spurred
Navajo Nation human rights and civil rights advocates to urge more
vigilance in reporting attacks that may be perceived as directly
targeting Native Americans.
The Navajo Nation Human Rights Council is holding training sessions
this week aimed at raising awareness of hate crimes against Native
It comes two months after police accused two teenagers of bragging to friends about shooting 50-year-old Ronnie Ross, a Navajo.
While the case is not being prosecuted as a hate crime, advocates say
it still underscores concerns for homeless Native Americans.
The first session Wednesday at the Albuquerque Indian Center was
attended by about 100 people. City officials were encouraging police to
attend a session Thursday at City Hall.