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Navajo police: Officers fatally shoot suspect pointing gun

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation police officers fatally shot an armed suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at them, the police department said.

The incident occurred Wednesday in St. Michaels, Arizona, after officers responded to a report of an armed suspect, the department said in a statement.

According to the statement, the suspect drove off, prompting a pursuit that ended when police used a tire-deflation device to disable the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspect got out of the vehicle and then was shot after pointing a gun at the officers, the statement said.

No identities were released.

The incident was being investigated by the tribal Department of Criminal Investigation and the FBI, the statement said.

Indian Affairs Committee hears from Indigenous leaders

The first U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing of the 117th Congress took place Feb. 24, spotlighting Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Native American leaders' priorities.

“I want to be clear that today’s hearing isn’t a ‘check-the-box’ exercise. It’s a real opportunity for this committee to chart a path forward, by listening to and learning from Native leaders, for the next two years and beyond,” said Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz.

Speakers from the panel included National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians President Leonard Forsman, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsay and Alaska Federation of Natives President and CEO Julie Kitka.

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New Mexico bill would mandate anti-racism school training

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering a bill that would mandate anti-racism training in public schools and the development of instructional materials about Black culture.

The Black Education Act pending Thursday before the House Appropriations and Finance Committee would allocate $200,000 to fund an educational liaison position within the Public Education Department. It also would create an advisory council about Black education.

That would complement existing advisory bodies for Native American and Hispanic education. About 2 percent of New Mexican students are Black while 10 percent are Native American and 60 percent are Hispanic.

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