Farmington, NM

Fair Housing Claim Revived in Property Restoration Suit

June 21, 2016
A federal appeals court has revived a suit over whether it's reasonable for a town to require a couple to restore property that they had been previously permitted to alter to provide access for their disabled child.
     The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday revived the lawsuit of Colleen and John Austin against the Town of Farmington for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act and Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
     The Austins moved to Farmington in 2009 with their two sons, the eldest of whom, Cole Austin, has cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities. They planned to buy a house in a development that was subject to a town ordinance barring accessory structures such as pools and fences on so-called "patio lots."
     The couple bought the house after obtaining variances to build a fence to protect their child and an above-ground pool for aquatic therapy, but the resolution passed by the Town Board included a "restoration provision" requiring that structures be removed within 21 days after the child ceased to live on the property or the couple sold it.

Grandmother sues Navajo Housing Authority

March 19, 2016
DNA People's Legal Services is suing Navajo Housing Authority over allegations the tribal agency's eviction policies discriminate against domestic violence victims.
     Attorneys state in the lawsuit filed March 7 in Navajo Nation District Court that the tribal agency's policies require that all members of a household involved in a domestic violence incident be evicted, which the legal clinic argues is unfair to the victims of the violence, who are often women.
     Attorneys argue that those women are guaranteed equal protection under the law by the Navajo Nation Bill of Rights and Navajo traditional law, and the policy violates that right.

Residents say racism still a real issue

April 27, 2004
A Native American civil rights movement incited by the brutal murder of three Navajo males at the hands of Anglo teenagers shook the city of Farmington in 1974.
     For the first time, Native American protesters said they were tired of being treated like lesser people by businesses, restaurants and the citizens of Farmington. But did it make a difference?
     In the past, Stella Webster had been slighted in restaurants and ignored in department stores, but the most explicit act of racism she ever endured took place along Auburn Avenue.
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