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Only Native American on Federal Death Row Executed Over Objections of Navajo Nation

HeadlineAug 27, 2020

In Indiana, the only Native American on federal death row was declared dead at 6:29 p.m. in the federal prison in Terre Haute Wednesday, after prison officials injected him with a lethal dose of pentobarbital. Lezmond Mitchell’s execution came over the objections of the Navajo Nation, which opposes capital punishment. Death penalty abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean tweeted, “Mitchell’s case was tainted from the very beginning with government misconduct and racism. This execution had nothing to do with justice.” It was the fourth federal execution carried out this year, after the Trump administration ended a 16-year moratorium on the death penalty.

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