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Single mom becomes police officer on third try

Single mom becomes police officer on third try


Shawna Watchman has just completed her first month as a Navajo Nation Police officer.

“I didn’t set out to be a Navajo Nation police officer,” Watchman said matter-of-factly. She was at the annual Tip-A-Cop event April 1 at Dominguez Restaurant in Window Rock to help raise money for the Navajo Nation Special Olympics team to attend the summer games. Watchman stayed close to the other officers she attended the academy with.

The camaraderie between her and the other officers from her graduating class was easy to see. But it wasn’t so easy for her to get this place. Watchman lived many different lives before becoming a Navajo Nation Police officer. She was a stay-at-home mom taking care of her family. “I started my family early,” Watchman, who is from Window Rock, said. “So I was put on hold for a long time.”

In 2005, she graduated with a liberal arts degree from Diné College but still didn’t know what she wanted to do.

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Pauly Denetclaw

Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah


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