A truck drives through the Gallup Centennial Intertribal Ceremonial Parade
By Darren Thompson
Recent news. A night that was meant for celebration turned into chaos as the 100th annual Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Parade kicked off in downtown Gallup, New Mexico on Thursday night when a truck targeted the crowd.
William Hawk-Birdshead, a trained physician visiting the Navajo Nation, said Indigenous News Online that he saw a beige GMC truck speeding behind and through the Gallup Centennial Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Parade, at approximately 8:10 p.m.
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He said the truck appeared out of nowhere moments after Navajo Nation President Jonathon Nez appeared during the parade and ended in a confrontation at a nearby jewelry store, Red Shell Jewelry.
“People were screaming,” Hawk-Birdshead said of Thursday night’s incident. “It was horrible to witness. I can’t imagine the trauma it caused people.
KOAT reported that the City of Gallup said no spectators or parade participants were struck by the vehicle. However, reports at Native News Online show scenes of people being injured and taken away by ambulance. Native News Online has not confirmed that the truck hit any parade participants, but the truck targeting the parade participants may have caused a crowd engagement attributed to the chaos which resulted in injuries.
Multiple sources, including the New Mexico State Police, reported that multiple people were injured, including two law enforcement personnel.
President Nez posted this message on his Facebook page late Thursday evening:
“Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez asks for prayers tonight after a vehicle drove through the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Parade tonight in downtown Gallup.
The Gallup Intertribal CeremonialNew Mexico’s oldest historical event, will be held in Gallup, August 4-14.
The Gallup Intertribal Ceremony began in 1922, with merchants wanting to attract tourists to local tribes, with music, powwows, parades, rodeo events, food, and vendors.
According to KOAT, the driver and two other people inside the vehicle that drove the parade were apprehended several blocks down the parade route.
Nearly half of the population of the city of Gallup is Native American
Gallup is a frontier town of the Navajo Nation. Nearly half of its inhabitants are Native Americans (47.7%).
This is breaking news and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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