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Hopi Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr. (right) shakes the hand of Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. during the signing of a historic Navajo-Hopi Intergovernmental Compact (U.S. Department of Interior photo).

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Hopi Chairman, Vice Chairman continue to battle over election, tribal sovereignty

KYKOTSMOVI-Hopi Chairman Ben Nuvamsa and Hopi Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr. are battling about who should be in the chairman's post. Honyaoma is one of several councilmen who feel Nuvamsa was wrongfully elected because he allegedly lacked proper residency and now he feels a lawsuit by the chairman would hurt the tribe's sovereignty. Honyaoma recently gave a speech at the University of New Mexico Law School stating that a lawsuit filed by Nuvamsa threatens the sovereign immunity of the tribe and tribal council.