Little Colorado River & Hopi Tribe

The Little Colorado River is a river in the U.S. state of Arizona, providing the principal drainage from the Painted Desert region. The Hopi are a federally recognized tribe of Native American people, who primarily live on the Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona. 5.0/5

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LeRoy Shingoitewa: Hopi Tribe against Grand Canyon project Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Filed Under: Opinion LeRoy N. Shingoitewa is the chairman of the Hopi Tribe. Our beautiful state has many points of pride, but none compare to our namesake, the Grand Canyon State. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon attracts nearly 5 million tourists a year. But the true value of the Grand Canyon goes far beyond that of a tourist attraction; it is a place of history, culture and is a link to the people of yesteryear, spanning dozens of generations. Carved out centuries ago by the Colorado River, the Canyon was –and still is – home to several Native American tribes including the Hopi, Havasupai, Hualapai, Kaibab-Paiute, Navajo and the Zuni. Sacred sites dot the river and canyons, one of the most important areas being the confluence, where the Colorado River meets the Little Colorado River. The sacred area serves as a connection to the Hopi tribes’ ancestral past and is home to ceremonial ...
LITTLE COLORADO SETTLEMENT TALKS HIT WALL By Kathy Helms, Gallup Independent, Diné Bureau, 12/4/12 WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe walked out of a meeting Monday with Arizona parties to a proposed Little Colorado River water rights settlement after hitting an impasse on key positions endorsed by the U.S. Department of the Interior. According to the Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker, the meeting was arranged so Navajo leaders could meet and hear directly from the state parties on issues outlined in Navajo Nation and Interior position statements. Although the Interior was optimistic in its “Core Positions for a Near Term Settlement” that it could negotiate a settlement favorable to some of Navajo’s positions, the state parties were unwilling to compromise, the speaker’s office stated in a news release. Delegate LoRenzo Bates estimated there were nearly 100 people at the meeting, either in person or via teleconference. In addition to the tribes, those present included represen ...
Navajo Hopi Water Rights Settlement Shot Down by Navajo Council, Approved by Hopi - The Navajo Nation shot down a settlement agreement this week that would have settled long-standing claims to water in the Little Colorado River, a tributary to the Colorado River. But their neighbors, the Hopi Tribe, went the opposite way. The Hopi council, after voting its displeasure at the Senate Bill linked to the settlement, voted to approve the settlement itself, called the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Settlement Act of 2012. It’s doubtful whether the settlement can move forward with the approval of just one of the two tribes. More on this story to come. - Read more -
Media published false reports that the Hopi Tribe passed the Little Colorado River settlement
Part 3: Summary of the Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act 1. Navajo Nation Claims Against Arizona, the Hopi Tribe, and Non-Indian Private and Local Government Entities As noted in footnote 2 above, the Navajo Nation is a party to two statewide water rights adjudications (“LCR adjudication” and “Gila River adjudication”) that also involve Arizona, the Hopi, and several non-Indian private and local government entities. This bill authorizes the Navajo Nation to accept the settlement agreement, thereby relinquishing its claims in these matters and its right to bring similar claims in the future. a. Claims Waived Under the bill and settlement agreement, the Navajo waive the following rights and claims with respect to the Rivers: · **All past, present, and future claims to water rights or for injury to water rights based on aboriginal occupancy (Winters rights), or belonging to Navajo land outside of Arizona. (§ 105(a)(1)(A)(i)-(iv)); · **Claims challenging a diversion of water per ...
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