Navajo Tribe and Hopi Tribe

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The dispute over land between the Navajo Tribe and Hopi Tribe has been an on going dispute since the late 1800's. Although it might not seem like a high priority topic of conversation for most people, it is a very personal and sentimental topic for these two tribes. The Navajo population outnumbers the Hopi by a ratio of ten to one, while the amount of Hopi land has been reduced from its original size. To understand this complex situation between the two tribes, "A comprehensive solution—rather than case-by-case negotiation—is needed to solve the numerous land dispute issues confronting the Navajo and Hopi tribes" (Hardeen 1985: 9). After reading two major city newspapers and two Native American newspapers, it is evident in their discussion the differences of the two nations and yet the similarities of their goals. After reading the article titled "Navajo Registers On Hopi Reservation Face Deadline For Eviction" by Gary Ghioto, a Boston Globe correspondent, it seems that the Navajo-Hopi land dispute began in the late 1800's. This article was placed in the National/Foreign section on page A26. Ghioto gave a vivid description of what a Navajo woman was feeling. "Sometimes we just cry. We look around for our people and they're gone" (Ghioto 2000: A26). This woman's statement that Ghioto has captured in this article, sticks in your head as you continue to read. The strange fact from this article is that the Navajo Indians are living on Hopi land, yet the Navajo tribe is greater in number than the Hopi tribe. What Ghioto is trying to explain in this article is that the years-old controversy is still as complicated as before, as more and more people are becoming involved. "Hopi leaders said the tribe is being demonized by "outside agitators" who know nothing about the complicated land dispute or the agreement endorsed by the

Navajo tribe and the US government four years ago that sought to resolve the conflict" (Ghioto 2000: A26). The protest that...
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