By Gary L. Stuart
Two days later, within the identify of Indians opposed to Exploitation (IAE), Larry Casuse and Robert Nakaidinae kidnapped the Mayor of Gallup (Emmet Garcia) from his place of work and marched him at gunpoint via part of downtown Gallup. They barricaded themselves in a wearing items shop and demanded political reduction and a spotlight to their reason. Nakaidinae shot the mayor as he tried to flee. He survived his wounds.
Larry Casuse died in a hail of police bullets yet used to be acknowledged by means of the police and the neighborhood coroner to have dedicated suicide. the kidnapping used to be it appears conducted simply because Casuse and Nakaidinae perceived the mayor as symbolic of ways Indians have been mistreated in Gallup. They alleged Garcia to be answerable for either Indian alcohol abuse and a common loss of appreciate for Indians. the kidnapping in Gallup by way of militant participants of IAE and the siege at Wounded Knee by way of the militant participants of goal have been hooked up loosely within the press and looked to be collectively supportive of the wider factor of Indian civil rights.
Casuse was once the president of the Kiva membership, an Indian rights staff on campus at UNM. He used to be very vocal in opposing Garcia's appointment to the UNM Board of Regents and his chairmanship of the Indian alcohol rehabilitation undertaking in Gallup. Nakaidinae was once additionally a Kiva membership member.
Garcia used to be half proprietor of a package deal liquor shop known as The Navajo hotel positioned at the Arizona/New Mexico border quite a few yards clear of the Navajo reservation. Garcia was once a contemporary political appointee to the Board of Regents for the collage of recent Mexico.
The abduction of the Mayor and the dying of Casuse have been significant local information tales. loads of consciousness was once inquisitive about the matter of alcohol abuse one of the tens of hundreds of thousands of Navajos who stopover at Gallup per week. a few Indians felt that the white inhabitants in Gallup disrespected Navajo cultural traditions and did not do adequate to assist the Navajo with its old conflict with alcohol abuse. a few whites felt that the Navajos who got here to city to drink have been a public nuisance.
Largely due to the abduction and the ensuing exposure, Garcia misplaced his reelection bid for a moment time period as mayor on April three, 1973. He resigned his chairmanship of the Gallup Alcohol Rehabilitation Committee, and his place at the UNM Board of Regents. Then he bought his curiosity within the Navajo lodge and moved together with his kin to Arizona in might of 1973. He by no means back to Gallup.
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AIM For The Mayor: Echoes From Wounded Knee by Gary L. Stuart