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Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation back to drawing table on water





The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation will head back to the drawing table to resolve their long-standing water rights to the Little Colorado River in Arizona.

Opposition within both tribes derailed S.2109, the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act. It's not clear when talks might resume for a new bill but everything is off for now.

“As presently configured it’s dead, deader than a doornail,” former Hopi Chairman Vernon Masayesva told Cronkite News. “It’s not going anywhere.”

The tribes currently receive less than 1,000 acre-feet per year from the river, Cronkite News reported.

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