Execution of Native American man stirs emotion within tribe

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Execution of Native American man stirs emotion within tribe

Auska Mitchell holds a photograph of his nephew, Lezmond Mitchell, on Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. Lezmond Mitchell is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, and the Navajo government is pushing to spare his life on the basis of cultural beliefs and sovereignty.
This undated photo provided by Michael B. Slim shows shows his grandmother Alyce Slim in Window Rock, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. Alyce Slim and her granddaughter were killed in 2001 on the reservation. One of the men who was convicted in their deaths is on federal death row, scheduled to be executed Aug. 26.
This undated family photo provided by Auska Mitchell shows Lezmond Mitchell, who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2001 killing of Alyce Slim and her granddaughter. The Navajo government is pushing to spare his life on the basis cultural beliefs and sovereignty. Mitchell was the first Native American sentenced to death since the resumption of the federal death penalty in 1994 and the only Native American awaiting his punishment.

Execution of Native American man stirs emotion within tribe

Auska Mitchell holds a photograph of his nephew, Lezmond Mitchell, on Friday in Goodyear, Ariz. Lezmond Mitchell is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, and the Navajo government is pushing to spare his life on the basis of cultural beliefs and sovereignty.
This undated photo provided by Michael B. Slim shows shows his grandmother Alyce Slim in Window Rock, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. Alyce Slim and her granddaughter were killed in 2001 on the reservation. One of the men who was convicted in their deaths is on federal death row, scheduled to be executed Aug. 26.
This undated family photo provided by Auska Mitchell shows Lezmond Mitchell, who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2001 killing of Alyce Slim and her granddaughter. The Navajo government is pushing to spare his life on the basis cultural beliefs and sovereignty. Mitchell was the first Native American sentenced to death since the resumption of the federal death penalty in 1994 and the only Native American awaiting his punishment.
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