Sept. 21, 2017
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Leave Before He Kills You

In Native populations' struggle to overcome domestic violence, survivors play a pivotal role

Features Najaway, a Navajo woman, survived 20 years of domestic violence at the hands of two husbands—one Native, one non-Native. Now in her early 50s, she still can’t get the nightmare out of her head. “I remembe...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Colleen Keane

Justice Denied

A tangled bureaucracy has left tribal communities facing an epidemic of violent crime

Features “It’s not safe. There’s no safety. You can’t trust anybody. You got to protect yourself,” Rebekah Apachito says. As one of about 1,600 tribal members who live in the Navajo community of To’hajiilee,...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Colleen Keane

Tip of the Iceberg

After SFR told their story, two Native American elders received much-needed services. Many others still need help

Local News Although Nelson attempted on several occasions to find help from various agencies, not one provided assistance until the Begays told their story to SFR through their niece, Patsy Chacon, who translated from Nav...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Colleen Keane

From Gaps to Ravines

State officials say a new Medicaid plan will help fill yawning gaps in Native American health care, but some tribal officials disagree

Local News At 18, Nick Montoya, a member of the Taos Pueblo, exuded health, he says. But that changed after a year of duty in Vietnam, where he was exposed to Agent Orange. Since 1969, Montoya has dealt with post-traumati...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Colleen Keane

Skin in the Game

New Mexico quietly mulls the end of Medicaid as we know it

Features Just because we are homeless doesn’t mean we can’t do anything,” Sophia Cranmer says as she watches over her four children, Jerrmy Jr., Debrah Lynn, Michael and Brandon, ages 2-10. The Cranmers are stayin...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Colleen Keane

Winter Is Coming

Native American elders are in need. Will anyone help them?

Local News “Winter is coming,” Freddy Begay says, looking out from where he and his wife Atnáábaah are sitting at the expansive, sage-brushed landscape that stretches west to the mountain range N...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Colleen Keane


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