WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA – August 17, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – A planned celebration on one of Arizona’s Native American reservations took a dramatic turn Friday, when U.S. Senator John McCain (R) and AZ Governor Doug Ducey (R) were confronted by angry Navajo protestors.
McCain and Ducey were attending a ceremony honoring the Navajo code talkers of World War II, when they were set upon by demonstrators upset over EPA’s toxic river spill. Last week’s spill fouled more than a hundred miles of pristine waterways, including those used by Native Americans in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.
According to the web publication NativeNews.com, McCain and Ducey were meeting with members of the Navajo nation’s leadership at Window Rock Veterans Park, when the protestors arrived. As the politicians began to leave the protestors surged toward them, forcing them to beat a hasty retreat to their waiting SUVs.
Navajo security teams initially kept the demonstrators at bay, but as McCain and Ducey sped away, the demonstrators gave chase, telling them to “Get off our land.”
There were no reported injuries or arrests in the confrontation. To see the video, please click on the player below.