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New Mexican (Newspaper) - November 8, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE NOVEMBER TUESDAY 50 CENTS CYCLE OF VIOLENCE I didnt know what to do Domesticabuse victims on pueblos and from across the border face different obstacles before breaking away Kathy De La New Mexican Mary Bernal 4O shown with her 18monthoId daughter Jenniah recalls when she used to pray while she jogged along this dirt road running through Taos Pueblo in the aftermath of an abusive marriage Bemal was with her husband for 11 years but hasnt spoken to him since the night she left Indian Country Domestic violence in epidemic proportions7 By Shannon Shaw The New Mexican Mary Bernal remembers all too dearly the night in 1995 when she and her 8yearold son escaped from her abusive husband I had gotten used to sleeping with my car keys in my bra just in case he was drunk and I needed to Ber nal said We had been planning the escape for months and it had finally come Bernal who is a member of Taos Pueblo is one of thousands of women who suffer from domestic violence in Indian Country But experts say it is hard to put a number on the domesticviolence problem in Indian Country because organizations and programs cant provide complete data Every tribal government has its own definition of domestic violence and each collects its data in different ways That is the problem we face in trying to collect or even corroborate said Elena Giacci director for the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women based in Albuquer que And you have to honor that because they are sovereign nations and thats a big thing honoring sovereignty while trying to measure violenceagainstwomen statistics and finding that balance on the Absolute figures on the number of Please see COUNTRY Page A4 Immigrants Victims fear deportation if they report abuse By Barbara Ferry The New Mexican Marisol married at 19 with a white dress and a lot of But look ing back on it now she says the signs of violence were there from the start Her husband had an explosive tem per If the truck wouldnt start hed kick it If he was in a bad mood hed kick the dog He came from an abusive home Her fatherinlaw beat her motherin law and her brothersinlaw battered their wives And in Chihuahua Mexico does anything when a man hits a says Marisol who asked that her real name not be used She also asked that details about her life that could identify her be excluded The truth is he was mad all the time But he didnt mistreat me at After a few years of marriage Mari sol found out her husband was seeing another woman and that led to argu ments Marisol would cry and yeli And thaf s when the pushing and slap ping and punching started she says Things got worse after her husband moved the family across the border to New Mexico He installed Marisol and their two young daughters in a house in Columbus and his girlfriend in an apartment a few miles away in Palo mas Mexico Marisol says her complaints about Please see IMMIGRANTS Page A5 THE SERIES EPi IE1I Santa Fe police have seen a surge of domesticabuse cases SUNDAY New Mexico needs to strengthen domestic violence laws like it has with DWI a state representative says MONDAY From Indian Country to the immigrant community culture can affect how people deal with violence TODAY SOLUTIONS Las Vegas is trying San Diegos approach to helping victims WEDNESDAY CANDIDATE FORUM Mayoral establish identities By Henry M Lopez The New Mexican With Mayor Larry Delgado declin ing to seek reelection contenders for the citys top political spot began crafting their public images during a candidate forum Monday Five candidates City Councilor David Coss former County Commis sioner Javier Gonzalez Espafiola City Manager Jim Romero community activist and Realtor Karen Walker and artist Donado Covielio also called John Coventry attended the forum at Acequia Madre Elementary School About 100 people attended the forum and their written questions centered on increasing affordable housing improving the delivery of city services to residents increasing programs for children and changing the culture of local government Covielio played to his reputation as a firebrand lobbing incendiary com ments at the city and county govern ments At one point he referred to the other candidates as Asked about affordable housing he held up a newspaper showing an apparently homeless man pushing a shopping cart and Thaf s affordable hous ing in Santa Former City Manager Jim Romero positioned himself as the candidate with the most nutsandbolts knowl edge of city operations noting that his knowledge of City Hall would Please see HOPEFULS Page A6 INSIDE Domestic abuse among gays more than physical Page A4 TREASURER SCANDAL Witnesss confession in 2003 says he was bag man By Steve Terrell The New Mexican On the day Secret Service agents raided the state Treasurers Office nearly two years ago to seize comput ers used in a counterfeiting operation Leo Sandoval then an administrator in the office scrawled a confession admitting not only to making fake money but acting as the bag man for kickbacks to former Treasurer Michael Montoya I gave in counterfeit to Mr Paul Silva my girlfriends brother who told me he was going to Tucson Sandoval wrote Dec I strongly advised him against using this money for anything He told me he was going to use this as a prank against a drug dealer in Silva had been arrested a few days earlier in Tucson on counterfeiting charges and had told the Secret Ser vice that Sandoval had given him the fake money in repayment of a debt according to a May 2004 report by the Secret Service to Attorney David Iglesias Please see CONFESSION Page A6 OBITUARIES James Barker 63 Santa Fe Nov 5 Elvira M DeVargas 94 Carlsbad Nov 5 Isaiah J Martinez 24 Nov 3 Isidro Martinez Pecos Nov 6 Joyce RDesJardins 78 Rio Rancho Nov 1 Teresa Meet Nov 6 Juan E Chavez 55 Grants Nov 3 Marceiia A Thomas Nov 3 Mario E Gonzates 38 Oct30 OtisJ Rosacker 95 Santa Fe Nov 3 Rose A Gonzales Nov 5 PageC2 WARTIMEPOWERS SHOWDOWN The Supreme Court will decide next spring if President Bush overstepped his authority by ordering military tribunals for terror suspects Page A8 HONORING GORMAN Some people gathered into the Sagebrush Inn Conference Center Monday to pay tribute to the Picasso of Native American Local news Cl Index Annies El Horoscope Local Police Time A locally owned and independent newspaper A STATEMENT MADE Peyton Manning and the Colts put an end to a losing streak against New England in Foxborough Stadium routing the Patriots 4021 Sports Bl Main Late News Partly cloudy High 68 low 38 Page C8 Five sections 30 pages 156th year Issue No 312 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years
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