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Sex assault all too common on tribal lands


As the news of the sexual assault and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike sent shock waves of grief – and fear – through the Navajo Nation last week, Jana Pfeiffer, 31, couldn’t stop thinking about her own kidnapping and sexual assault at the hands of a Navajo family member 20 years ago.

“You think you have trust in that person, and you wouldn’t think that something like this would happen,” Pfeiffer said.

As shocking as the crimes against Ashlynne were, sexual assault is all too common in Native communities.


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