New Mexico Invokes Riot Law to Control Virus Near Navajo Nation

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New Mexico Invokes Riot Law to Control Virus Near Navajo Nation

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This article discusses the use of a rarely used Riot Law Act to help diminish the tension between the Navajo reservation and the small towns bordering the reservation in Gallup, New Mexico. The upsurge in cases on the reservation resulted in accusations that the Navajo brought the virus into Gallup and its suburbs. The tribe has fired back that Gallup citizens are refusing to follow social distancing mandates and as a result, Gallup has one of the highest case rates in the nation. This report relates to the JOTPY archive as it an example of the friction COVID-19 has created between the local government and tribal reservations.

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This item was submitted on February 7, 2021 by Robin Keagle using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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