Shungopavi Hopi religious leadership opposes Hopi Tribe's claim to waive Hopi water rights

A formal proclamation signed by Lee Wayne Lomayestewa as the Kikmongwi-Traditional High Chief with the support of the "Songoobave Hopi Momngwidu," to declare that they have "never agreed now or in the past to relinquish their inherent rights and claims to any and all natural resources which are central to sustaining all life existence on this Fourth World," which is specific to Hopi water was hand delivered to the Hopi Tribal Council's Secretary's office June 1.

The Songoobave Hopi Momngwidu consists of Hopi religious leadership, which includes Kikmongwi-Ja'anmongwi-Lee Wayne Lomayestewa, Soyalmongwi-Marcus Lomayestewa, Cajinmongwi-Lawrence Keevama, Daomongwi-Joseph Laban, Gwanmongwi-Albert Susunkewa, Adlmongwi-Antone Secakuku, Wuwchimmongwi-Moody Lomayaktewa, Sagwalenmongwi-Pascal Nuvamsa, Masilenmongwi-Patrick Lomawaima, Tsufmongwi-Floyd Lomaguyvaya,

Ju'mongwi/Qaleedaqmongwi-Radford Quamahongnewa, and Lavay Ay Amu-Radford Quamahongnewa and Ronald Wadsworth.

The five paragraph document signed by Lomayestewa on June 1 was hand delivered to the Hopi Tribal Council's Secretary's office and documented as recieved with a hand-stamp post mark by the Hopi Secretary's office on June 1. The Shungopavi document after receiving this Hopi tribal hand processing stamp, will now go into the "Correspondence" portion of the Hopi Tribal Council agenda to be read into "record" at the Hopi Council executive level at the very next formal meeting.

This proclamation which also states, "We have since time immemorial exercised fundamental Self Governing Principles of consensual determination on internal religious and political affairs for the benefit of our People and all Living Things throughout the world and thereby have not now or in the past agreed to relinquish our inherent rights and claims to any/all natural resources which are central in sustaining all life existence on this Fourth World and, that as a Traditional Sovereign Self Government maintaining Autonomous Self Determinations therefore, vehemently oppose and forbid all forms of representations on our behalf by organization(s), government institutions, interest groups, etc. on all preceding which does not have our participation and consent and the Aboriginal Sovereign Jurisdiction of the Kikmongwi."

This Shungopavi proclamation now formalizes three Hopi village entities who are in direct opposition to Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa, George Mase - chairman of Hopi Energy and Water Team, Shingoitewa's Hopi water attorney Joe Mentor and the Hopi Council to approve and support the Navajo Hopi Little Colorado River Rights Water Settlement Act and Senate Bill 2109 on behalf of the Hopi and Tewa people.

A formal presentation by a Hopi water rights opposition group headed by Benjamin Nuvamsa, former Hopi Tribal Chairman, supported by two former Hopi Chairmen Ivan Sidney and Vernon Masayesva along with four former Hopi Tribal Vice Chairmen, Clifford Qotsaquahu, Phillip Quochytewa, Colonel Caleb Johnson and Todd Honyaoma

will be heard at Hopi Council Chambers at 9:3- a.m. June 15 in the Hopi Council chambers is expected to be "packed house" with other village leadership who will present in person their opposing village proclamations to "Hopi central government approval" of the water rights settlement act.

Two local Hopi water opposition grassroots meetings during the week of June 12-15

are slated for public announcement for Hopi community members to join in a peaceable water protest at the June 15 meeting to the Hopi Council Chambers, which will be posted at all post office sites and in local newspapers. For more information, call (928) 221-7001.

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