Navajo Siblings Find Healing after Parents’ Death
Published August 27, 2015
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA—Carrie Tsosie-Jim will always remember how she and her younger brother were forced to leave their home in Colorado to begin a new life in Farmington.
In 2007, their mother was found murdered outside their Colorado home. Days later, her father’s body was discovered in Arizona in the Navajo Nation, an apparent suicide.
When she recounts those tragedies, both of which are still being investigated, she describes how she felt – as if bricks were falling and piling on top of her.
Tsosie-Jim, now 30 years old, specifically remembers leaving the place she called home in Cortez, Colorado, in a rickety 1996 Dodge Ram truck.
“Certainly, it was a shock for both me and my brother in the first year,” explained the Sweetwater, Arizona native. “We were very young and inexperienced and by…
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