By Breana Albizu, KOAT Action News:
Domestic violence is just one of several underlying factors in the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people, but a Navajo father and son are hoping to inspire change.
“Those are big issues that are impacting native communities, at just a huge rate,” John Tsosie, founder of Walking the Healing Path, said.
For almost 20 years, Tsosie has walked to raise awareness for domestic violence and the impact it has on families.
Especially for Native Americans like himself.
“You’re on the road hours at a time, miles at a time, and you just have a chance to reflect and think about where you’ve been and where you’re going,” he said.
Tsosie grew up with an abusive father, Ernest, who relied heavily on alcohol and often argue with loved ones.
Tsosie knew he never wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, yet despite the pain and trauma he witnessed, he eventually became an abuser.