Redistricting likely to renew Navajo, Hopi divide

By Felicia Fonseca
Flagstaff, Arizona (AP) January 2011

The chairman of the Hopi Tribe says he’ll push to have the reservation in a congressional district that doesn’t include the Navajo Nation during redistricting.

The two northeastern Arizona tribes have a contentious past.

Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa says the tribe has worked cooperatively with the Navajos but sometimes Hopi issues are overshadowed by those of the much-bigger Navajo Nation.

The incoming Navajo president says he’ll look for ways to group the Navajos, Hopis and other American Indian tribes to build political clout in Congress.

New census figures mean the state’s political lines be redrawn.

The Navajo Nation currently sits in the 1st Congressional District, while the neighboring Hopis are in the 2nd District.