Navajo president to sign adult protection bill

February 17, 2012 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo President Ben Shelly is set [auth] to sign a new law aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from discrimination, abuse, and neglect.

The Farmington Daily Times reports ( that Shelly is scheduled to sign the Vulnerable Adult Protection Act on Thursday at the Navajo Nation Sports Center in Window Rock, Ariz.

It is the first law on Navajo land to protect vulnerable adults ages 18 to 54. Previously, Navajo law protected only children and elderly from abuse and neglect.

The act, also known as the Doris Act, is named for Doris Dennison, a Navajo community activist who advocates for the rights of those with disabilities. It establishes a legal framework for reporting, investigating and prosecuting abuse and neglect committed against adults with disabilities, including those with mental illnesses.

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