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Deal to settle Navajo-Hopi dispute rejected

A deal to resolve outstanding issues of the Navajo-Hopi land dispute has been killed by Navajo Nation lawmakers.

The agreement would have lifted the Bennett Freeze that has prevented infrastructure improvements on certain lands. It would have ensured access by Hopis and Navajos to traditional and religious sites.

No land would have exchanged hands. Some Navajo Nation Council delegates, however, said Navajos would be giving up more than the Hopis. One delegate questioned why the Hopis would be allowed to collect 18 eagles while the Navajos would get 12.

Get the Story:
Panel rejects deal settling Navajo, Hopi land feud (The Gallup Independent 8/23)

Senate Bill:
Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Amendments of 2005 (S.1003)

Relevant Documents:
Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on S. 1003, Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Amendments of 2005 (July 20, 2005)

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

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