Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe Discuss Principles to Little Colorado Water Settlement - Rez Media Group
Sharing is Caring FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Navajo and Hopi designated representatives have come together to establish shared principles for settlement discussions regarding tribal water rights for the Little Colorado River basin. The two Nations came together on March 16, 2016 and on March 30, 2016 to coordinate their response to proposals to resume settlement talks. Both agreed to move forward with negotiations, as “Two Nations, One Voice”. Hopi and Navajo designated representatives met again for three days in late April to further discuss guiding principles and other issues related to the potential settlement. “Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe have committed to work together to fight for water that rightfully belongs to us as aboriginal people,” said Navajo President Russell Begaye. “This is a historic time when the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe will work side-by-side for water that is critical to both Nations, for our people to have healthy water and to grow our economy,” he continued. Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie agreed with President Begaye’s comments. “Water is life for both our peoples,” observed Chairman Honanie. “It is critical that, although we are two Nations, we must speak with one voice, stated Chairman Honanie. The Navajo Nation team working [...]