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Is he Hopi Tribal Chairman or not?: Hopi Tribal Chairman Benjamin Nuvamsa sits at his desk in the Hopi Tribal Council Chambers.

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Debate over Hopi tribal chairmanship heats up

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The year has been a tumultuous one for the Hopi people, particularly for Chairman Benjamin Nuvamsa and Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr. At stake is a 12,000 member federally recognized tribe, potentially millions of dollars in financial revenues that could be gained from on-reservation natural resources, federal tribal sovereignty status and the long-standing centuries-old cultural and spiritual reputation that incorporates consensus building.