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New Mexico conquistador protester faces felony charges

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An organizer of a protest against a re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico after a 17th century American Indian revolt is facing felony charges.

Jennifer Marley of San Ildefonso Pueblo has been charged with trespassing and two counts of battery on a police officer. Defense attorney Dan Cron said Monday that Marley plans to plead not guilty and denies all charges.

Authorities say Marley struck two officers with a sign while attempting to march past them toward the Santa Fe Plaza.

Marley was one of 8 people in Santa Fe arrested last week during a protest about the Entrada - the costumed re-enactment that drew criticism from Native American activists.

An activist group named The Red Nation says Santa Fe police targeted Marley.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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