The District 5 City Council Office Respectfully Supports the Protection of the Sovereign Rights of our New Mexico Native Brothers and Sisters

Statement from City Councilor Cynthia D. Borrego.

Watching a recent Newscast video of the tazing of a New Mexico Native American Man and his dog, at Petroglyph National Monument, located in District 5, by a National Park Service Officer was certainly troubling and uncomfortable.

After speaking with the Petroglyph National Park Service Superintendent regarding the incident, it is my understanding that the event which occurred on the National Park grounds will be elevated to the Federal investigation level.

The City Human Rights Board and Office of Civil Rights are working with The Navajo Nation and The Human Rights Commission to address relevant issues and, through that discussion, District 5 City Council Office recognizes and supports the investigation into any indigenous rights that may have been violated as a result of the actions taken in this unfortunate incident.

The City recognizes our Native Brothers and Sisters rights to practice their cultural beliefs as protected by the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and as the City Councilor for this District, I and the City Council Office do not condone interference with the practice of the rights of Indigenous Communities of New Mexico.

Cynthia D. Borrego, MPA

City Councilor, District 5

Office: (505) 768-3100