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2007/10/26

Looking Back at A Kidnapped Mayor


Former Gallup mayor Emmitt Garcia recounts his experiences surrounding his kidnapping and the ensuing gun battle between police and two Native American Activists, Larry Casuseand Robert Nakaidene, in March of 1973. Casuse was killed during the incident and Garcia still has 56 shotgun pellets in his body from being shot by Nakaidene. Garcia said, "They had justification for doing some things. Not for capturing and trying to kill the mayor."


Former Gallup mayor Emmitt Garcia recounts his experiences to a standing-room only crowd at Universtiy of New Mexico-Gallup's Calvin Hall, talking about his kidnapping and the ensuing gun battle between police and two Native American Activists, Larry Casuse and Robert Nakaidene, in March of 1973.



Former Gallup police chief Manuel Gonzales, left, and former mayor Emmitt Garcia talk together before telling their accounts of the 1973 kidnapping of Garcia by Larry Casuse and Robert Nakaidene in which Casuse was killed and Garcia wounded with a shotgun blast to his back. The two former officials spoke to Dale Mason's Indian Studies class at the University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus and answered questions from the audience.



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