August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

New Mexico Governor Rescinds 1800s-era Proclamations Targeting Navajo and Apache to be Hunted and Killed


Geronimo and warriors in the Sierra Madres of Mexico in 1886

Public Domain/ New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, American History 1880s, C.S. Fly



New Mexico Governor rescinds four genocidal 1800s-era proclamations from 
former New Mexico governors

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat
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SANTA FE, New Mexico -- New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham rescinded governors' orders from the 1800s that targeted Navajos and Apaches to be hunted by militia and murdered. The previous governors orders had never been rescinded, which required an executive order of the governor.

Gov. Lujan Grisham's executive order on Monday, Indigenous Peoples Day, is the result of extensive research by Santa Fe Historian Valerie Rangel, who documented the genocide and appealed to the governor to take action and rescind the orders. Rangel's research led her to the Rare Books section of Huntington Library in Californa.

The vile and racist orders by Gov. Calhoun in his proclamations in 1851 directed Native residents to be excluded from official census counts and authorized militias to “pursue and attack” Indigenous New Mexicans.

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