Navajo Nation lawmaker accuses colleague of sexual harassment
Update: Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty has posted a lengthy statement about "sexual assault culture in our Navajo Nation government." In a post on Facebook, Crotty said some fellow delegates, along with their wives, are upset because she went public with her sexual harassment experience:
While I respect and honor my fellow Naat'áanii, there are standards we all vowed under oath to uphold. Seeking accountability amongst ourselves should not be an unwelcome and offensive endeavor. Trying to silence this epidemic among Navajo Nation leadership will only allow this behavior to fester, and it will continue to be reflected in our communities. Healing and change only come when these issues are brought to light, addressed, and corrected. For our government to effective and genuinely receptive to the needs of our People, we must ensure we ourselves are fit to lead in the first place.
Everyone at every level has allowed and silently condoned this behavior either by actively participating in it or being the silent observer who allows it happen. This has been a very challenging time for my family as I have to explain to my 12-year-old daughter what it means to be “groped” or have your body violated by a person with power and authority, but as I stated before, who will speak and take action, if I do not?