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Shelly Meets ABQ Mayor on Homeless Attacks

July 29
06:33 2014

Shelly Meets Berry Homelss DeathsThe recent murders of two homeless Navajos has united a city and tribal nation against further attacks as Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly met with Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry on July 24 to discuss details of the murders and work together to prevent further violence from happening.

We’ve come here to create a partnership and collaboration on how we can work together. We need to prevent this happening again and we all need to work together. Life is precious.” Ben Shelly/Navajo Nation President

Joining him were tribal representatives from the Division of Social Services, Division of Public Safety, Division of Health, Office of the Speaker, and the Human Rights Commission. The president said similar attacks prompted partnerships with Gallup, Farmington and Bloomfield.

Mayor Richard Berry agreed with President Shelly and said the incident was “a senseless act.” He noted that in 2012, the city collaborated with Harvard University on a study of Native American homelessness. He said that the city of Albuquerque would work with President Shelly to craft an agreement to address the issue. More meetings need to be scheduled, Berry said, for development of an action plan. President Shelly will meet with Mayor Berry again next week to begin forming the task force and creation of an action plan.

Two homeless Navajo men were beaten too death in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. The three teenagers accused of the deaths have allegedly attacked more than 50 other homeless people in the Albuquerque area.

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