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Hopi v. Navajo contest for Arizona State Senate

A Republican member of the Hopi Tribe is challenging a Navajo Democrat for a seat in the Arizona State Senate.

Royce Jenkins, pictured at right, is the director of the Hopi Tribe's Community Planning Department. He says incumbent Sen. Albert Hale is not doing a good job representing the entire District 2.

"He thinks that District 2 is Window Rock and nobody else," Jenkins told The Gallup Independent. The district includes the Navajo, Hopi, Hualapai, and Havasupai reservations and Flagstaff.

Hale denies focusing only on the needs of the Navajo Nation and said he has met with all tribal leaders, including Hopi Chairman Ivan Sidney. But he says Navajo people come to him with more problems than any one else.

Get the Story:
Jenkins vs. Hale (The Rapid City Journal 2/13)