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Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission

Speaker of the 24 Navajo Nation Council Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh), Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Chairperson Jennifer Denetdale, and Commission Executive Director Leonard Gorman will join Albuquerque, New Mexico Mayor Tim Keller to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation and the City of Albuquerque on August 9, 2019.

Spurred by the 2018 death of a Navajo homeless man and an incident between a teacher and two Native American pupils at Cibola High School in the city, the Commission, the Albuquerque Human Rights Board, and the City of Albuquerque's Office of Civil Rights have been developing the Memorandum of Understanding for the past year.

The Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen communication and the coordination of services between the Nation and the City with respect to the treatment of Navajo citizens. Additionally, it will help the Commission address racist incidents and hate crimes.

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Event: Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation and the City of Albuquerque

Location: Mayor’s Office Suite, 1 Civic Plaza, 11th Floor, Albuquerque, N.M. 87102

Date and Time: 1:00 p.m. (MDT), August 9, 2019

This event is open to the general public.

For more information on the MOU or signing ceremony, please contact the Commission at 928-871-7136.