Mother's call for death penalty challenges beliefs on Navajo Nation
Soon after Gov. Susana Martinez said she wanted legislators to reinstate the death penalty in New Mexico, the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered on the Navajo Nation stirred debate about capital punishment on the state’s largest reservation.
Spotlighting frustrations with violent crime on the Navajo Nation, Ashlynne Mike’s mother, Pamela Foster, called on tribal leaders to authorize the death penalty.
“People say respect life as sacred, and slowly, with the creator’s help, we will find the right solutions for our people,” Foster wrote in an online petition that has since gained nearly 400 signatures. “Well, the right solution is changing the criminal justice system because crimes are outrageous on native land.”