FARMINGTON — The Navajo Nation’s new administration is in preliminary talks with an anti-horse slaughter organization to address the issue of feral horses on tribal land.
On Thursday, the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife released a joint statement from former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and actor Robert Redford, who co-founded the organization. In the statement, Richardson and Redford said they are pleased Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez are continuing to collaborate with the group to protect wild horses on the reservation.
Richardson met with Begaye and Nez on May 26 in Window Rock, Ariz., to discuss the issue, according to the tribe’s Office of the President and Vice President.
Rick Abasta, Begaye’s spokesman, wrote in a text message that no agreement was reached.