Chief Judge Trujillo halts Mishongnovi Village elections

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Mishongnovi Cultural Preservation Board requested an injunction in the Hopi Tribal Court to stop the Mishongnovi Village Board elections as well as the elections for village representation on the Tribal Council, scheduled for today, April 25.

On Monday, Chief Judge Trujillo, via telephone ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the Mishongnovi Cultural Preservation Board stopping the Mishongnovi Village Board Elections. In his ruling, Chief Judge Trujillo also ordered that the current interim board continue to operate as the village government and further ordered the Cultural Preservation Board to work with the interim board. In addition, the court froze all but $100,000 of funds that the Cultural Preservation Board had transferred from a Village of Mishongnovi account into a Cultural Board account. There are approximately $1.3 million dollars in that account.

The Tribal Court also ordered a two day hearing in late May at which time the Cultural Preservation Board will need to prove that the village is a traditional village; that Archie Duwahoyeoma is the village Kikmongwi; and that the village Kikmongwi rather than the village's operating guidelines control how officials in the village are selected.

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