Friday, October 13, 2006

Hopi-Navajo Nations find common ground

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Navajo and Hopi tribes have settled a dispute over the use of reservation lands that has soured relationships between the two people for decades.

In 1966, the Federal Government banned any new consruction on the disputed lands, including even roof and plumbing repairs. 700,000 acres of Navajo land claimed as aboriginal lands by the Hopi were in dispute.

The Hopi Tribal Council voted 18-0 to approve an intergovernmental agreement that had previously been approved by the Navajo Nation Council.

The agreement will allow both the Hopi people and the Navajo people to use adjoining lands for traditional religious purposes without approval from the other tribe.

For more information go to