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The Hopi Emergency Response Team (HERT) held a weekend briefing at the Kykotsmovi Village Law Enforcement Resource Center. The teams included both state and county support agencies. Hopi Tribal Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa formally declared a state of emergency on the Hopi reservation on Jan. 21, once it became evident that last week's severe rain and snow had jeopardized Hopi lives and safety.

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Record snowfall wreaks havoc on Hopi Reservation

HOPI RESERVATION, Ariz. - Like the rest of Arizona, the Hopi Reservation last week was inundated with record setting snow and rainfall. As a result, Hopi Tribal Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa issued an executive order on Jan. 21, declaring the Hopi reservation a "natural disaster area and in a state of emergency..."