The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute


When first considering as a topic of research, I anticipated a relatively light research paper discussing the local skirmishes between the two tribes. However, my research has yielded innumerable volumes of facts, figures and varying viewpoints on a struggle that has dominated the two tribes for over 100 years. The story is an ever-changing one, evolving from local conflict to forcible relocation to big business interests. The incredible breadth of the dispute's history makes it impossible to objectively cover the entire progression from all viewpoints. I will therefore focus on current issues - and their historical causes - facing the two tribes as they mutually approach a "common ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

and to establish a protected homeland for the Hopi. Instead, it effectively set the stage for a convoluted century-long dispute.
From 1882 on, no real problems occurred until one of the world's densest deposits of accessible coal - representing about $10 billion in revenue - was discovered in the 1950s beneath land occupied by both tribes (Wood 1999), an area later established as the "joint-use area" (JUA) in 1962. While the JUA existed in relative peace, the technical problem of land usage rights was becoming more apparent to politicians and big business interests. Only one year after the coal's discovery, Hopi Tribal Council representative - and attorney for Peabody Coal, the nation's largest coal company - John Boyden began petitioning the Secretary of the Interior to partition the JUA.
The land was officially partitioned in 1974 by mandate of P.L. 93-531 - also known as the "Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act of 1974" - without the input or consent of those from both ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.


Already a member? Login

the health and spiritual well-being of many."
As a result, the Navajo have traditionally been viewed as the transgressed and the Hopis the transgressors in the eyes of the media, fueling the tensions further.
In response to the Navajo slanted coverage, Eugene Kaye, chief of staff for the Hopi Tribe says, "Hopi felt the same way the Navajos did. But we have not felt we gave up our religion by moving off the land. The Navajo have migrated from Canada all over the US for centuries. They can practice their religion anywhere."
Once again in 1996 the US government tried to permanently end the 117-year-long dispute with S.1973; also known as the "Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act ...

Succeed in your coursework without stepping into a library.
Get access to a growing library of notes, book reports,
and research papers in 2 minutes or less.


CITE THIS PAGE:

The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute. (2008, March 4). Retrieved April 26, 2018, from http://www.essayworld.com/essays/The-Navajo-Hopi-Land-Dispute/79989
"The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute." Essayworld.com. Essayworld.com, 4 Mar. 2008. Web. 26 Apr. 2018. <http://www.essayworld.com/essays/The-Navajo-Hopi-Land-Dispute/79989>
"The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute." Essayworld.com. March 4, 2008. Accessed April 26, 2018. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/The-Navajo-Hopi-Land-Dispute/79989.
"The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute." Essayworld.com. March 4, 2008. Accessed April 26, 2018. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/The-Navajo-Hopi-Land-Dispute/79989.
JOIN NOW
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays


PAPER DETAILS
Added: 3/4/2008 05:06:34 AM
Category: American History
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 1878
Pages: 7

Save | Report

SHARE THIS PAPER

SAVED ESSAYS
Save and find your favorite essays easier

SIMILAR ESSAYS
History Of The Bureau Of Land M...
Environmental Justice: Black Me...
The Hopi And Their Culture
The Stories Of A People
Sectionalism And The Breakup Of...
The Colorado River
Hostile Takeover Of The New Wor...
Political Economy Of The Ancien...
History Of The Marshall Islands
The Crucible: Characters
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2018 Essayworld. All rights reserved