FARMINGTON — The discussion about predatory car sales tactics in Navajo reservation border towns is coming a little closer to home in upcoming weeks.
The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission received a number of requests to host more public hearings for Navajo citizens who want to share their own experiences about predatory car sales tactics from border town auto dealers.
The commission held a meeting earlier this month about the issue, which the commission has received a startling number of calls about in recent months. The commission met Dec. 7 and listened to the testimonies of about 100 attendees.
Attendees came from all over the reservation, including the Shiprock and Kirtland area.
Since the meeting, the commission scheduled public hearings at 10 a.m. at the Kayenta Chapter House on Dec. 28 and 10 a.m. at the Crownpoint Chapter House on January 4, a press release from the commission stated last week.
Predatory sales tactics are a common problem with car dealerships nationwide, though the commission stated that it would conduct investigation if any of the testimonies were followed by formal complaints. Thus far, no one has filed a formal complaint against any dealership, making an investigation unwarranted.
The commission encouraged those who feel they have been victimized by predatory sales tactics to attend either of the upcoming meetings and provide testimony, and perhaps file complaint with the commission. If a complaint is filed, the commission will follow with a formal review of the complaint.
The commission also urges Navajo citizens to complete a voluntary survey which will be given to participants who attend the public hearings. To take part in the survey, call the commission and a staff member will mail or e-mail it to you.
For more information, call the NNHRC office at 928-871-7436 or visit the commission website at www.nnhrc.navajo-nsn.gov.