Navajo Nation leader wants action against sexual harassment


The only female delegate to the Navajo Nation Council says she’s been subject to sexist comments in that role and little is being done to change a culture of sexual harassment at the top level of tribal government.

Amber Kanazbah Crotty — one of 23 council delegates — also said during a recent council meeting that she was groped while working as a legislative district assistant several years ago.

The federal Department of Justice says women in Indian Country are sexually abused at more than twice the rate of other women in the U.S.

Crotty says council delegates should do something about the problem and get training on sexual harassment.

Jared Touchin, a spokesman for Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates, said Bates is putting together training on sexual harassment. Bates did not respond to requests for an interview.

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