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 workplace and marched him at gunpoint via part of downtown Gallup. They barricaded themselves in a carrying items shop and demanded political reduction and a focus 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 stated by way 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 admire for Indians. the kidnapping in Gallup by means of militant participants of IAE and the siege at Wounded Knee through the militant contributors of objective 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 team on campus at UNM. He was once 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 referred to as The Navajo lodge situated at the Arizona/New Mexico border quite a few yards clear of the Navajo reservation. Garcia used to be a up to date political appointee to the Board of Regents for the collage of latest Mexico.
The abduction of the Mayor and the demise of Casuse have been significant nearby information tales. loads of awareness was once thinking 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 as a result of 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 offered his curiosity within the Navajo lodge and moved along with his family members to Arizona in may possibly 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