January 20, 2009
Photo by Rosanda Suetopka Thayer
Hopi and Tewa community members showed up on both Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 12-13 at the Hopi tribal headquarters to protest what they felt was an illegal and unconstitutional meeting of select council members. They were met with a heavy police and tribal security presence and eventually told to leave the building.
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KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The past two years of heated political friction among the Hopi Tribal Council has not slowed for a moment. The end of 2008 brought formal resignations from Hopi Tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa and Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma in what they both termed as "in the interests of their tribal member's welfare."