Navajo Cops takes you inside the unique world of a mostly rural Law Enforcement Agency, facing a struggle with big city crime, while also navigating a world steeped in centuries old traditions, and a long and proud heritage. Each episode takes you inside the lives of the Navajo People, their history and culture, and the challenges the tribe faces today. Navajo Cops exposes the viewers to a world they have never seen and provides a deeper understanding of the issues that "First Peoples" face in the 21st Century.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Navajo Cops - Jim Chee - Netflix
Jim Chee is one of two Navajo Tribal Police detectives in a series of mystery novels by Tony Hillerman. Unlike his superior Joe Leaphorn, the “Legendary Lieutenant”, Chee is a staunch believer in traditional Navajo culture; indeed, he is studying to be a traditional healer at the same time that he is a police officer.
Navajo Cops - Development of the character - Netflix
Hillerman writes in his autobiography, Seldom Disappointed (2001), that he created Jim Chee as an alternative to Leaphorn for the novel People of Darkness (1980) because the novel is set on the Checkerboard Reservation, and Hillerman felt that Leaphorn was too hardened to fit into the plot. He needed someone more naive, and Chee fit the bill.