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Hopis, Navajos divided over land dispute measure

Indianz.Com Listening Lounge
House Resources Committee hearing on S.1003, the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Amendments of 2005, June 21, 2006.
Introduction - 7:55 - 1.8MB

Panel I
Testimony - 5:26 - 1.2MB | Q&A - 30:21 - 7.0MB
William Pat Ragsdale
Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Mr. Christopher J. Bavasi
Executive Director, Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation

Panel II
Testimony - 17:26 - 4.0MB | • Q&A - 20:27 - 4.7MB
Mr. Ivan Sidney
Hopi Tribe

Mr. Joe Shirley
Navajo Nation

Mr. Roman Bitsuie
Executive Director
Navajo-Hopi Land Commission Office
The Hopi Tribe of Arizona and the Navajo Nation are still at odds over legislation aimed at putting an end to their long-running land dispute.

The Hopi Tribe supports S.1003, sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona). It would require Navajo families who remain on Hopi land to relocate to Navajo land, or agree to Hopi jurisdiction if they decide not to move.

The Navajo Nation, however, opposes the bill. Instead, the tribe backs efforts by Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) to reach another conclusion to the dispute.

But the Hopis say Renzi's draft bill will cause more problems. Renzi has described his measure as a "counter" to McCain's bill.

Get the Story:
Hopi: Bill divides 2 tribes (The Gallup Independent 6/22)

Relevant Links:
Hopi Tribe -
Navajo Nation -
Black Mesa Indigenous Support, Navajo family support site -

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