The Country’s Deadliest Prison Riot Took Place Right Here In New Mexico 40 Years Ago
Forty years ago, one of New Mexico’s bloodiest events in the past century took place within a mere 36 hours. Today, its legacy lingers.
Note: This tragic tale is not for the faint of heart and involves acts of violence that took the lives of several individuals. The following story presents the historical details, though they may be upsetting to some audiences.
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Do you remember seeing coverage of the riots when it took place?
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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