by Megan Gleason, Source New Mexico
Editor’s note: This article depicts gun violence
ESPAÑOLA — A young man wearing a pro-Trump hat shot someone attending a peaceful gathering on Thursday in Española. Native American activists held the event to celebrate Rio Arriba County’s postponement of putting back a statue of the war criminal and Spanish colonizer Juan de Oñate that officials removed in 2020. After an hourslong prayer circle Thursday morning, dozens milled around outside the Rio Arriba County building, which officials closed on Thursday, eating food or watching over their children.
Tents and blankets sat empty near the base of the statue-less slab where people had been sleeping for days. People dedicated their cause to ensuring that the statue never comes back. They also called for Oñate Street in Española to be renamed to Tewa Valley Road.