Additionally, they broke the statistics down by local residents versus non-local residents, showing 36% of Native American arrests were local residents while the rest were from out of the city.
Musselman pointed out a substantial part of Flagstaff’s street population includes Native American people. This is true for many parts of Flagstaff’s social services, including homeless shelters and school districts.
He then cited an article from Assessing Race Relations that said an estimated 75% of every Navajo dollar is spent in border towns.
“We know we’re seeing more people in and out of our community. Unfortunately those involved in homeless, poverty, substance abuse and mental health are most susceptible to the criminal justice system,” Musselman said.
These factors are often discussed at the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a collection of local criminal justice leaders.
Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans asked if there was anyone on Council to solely represent the interests of Native American people during the council’s discussions. While people who are Native American have served on the council, Musselman explained, no agency is appointed to advocate for Native American people.
Along those lines, people within the city also rely upon the department more than citizens in other similar-sized cities. Flagstaff gets 581 calls per 1,000 people, compared to 30 other benchmark cities that have 433 calls per 1,000 population.