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Indian legal reform uneven

Despite ’10 law, changes come slowly for tribes

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. — In a desperate attempt to make it to the front door, Robin Sanchez crawled across the living room floor. Her former husband, just out of jail and intoxicated, used a wooden slat from one of the kitchen chairs to beat her.

She recalls how she was about to open the door when a loud crack resonated across her head. Blood gushed down her face as she heard her 3-year-old daughter cry: ‘‘Daddy, don’t be mean to Mommy.’’

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