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Redistricting commission to hear tribal leaders

Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commissioners (from left to right) Democrat Linda McNulty, independent chairwoman Colleen Mathis, Democrat José Herrera, Republican Scott Freeman and Republican Richard Stertz. (Photos by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission plans Thursday afternoon to hear presentations by Indian tribal leaders about their concerns about how new congressional and legislative districts are drawn.

The state’s last redistricting commission heeded concerns voiced by the Hopi Tribe in northern Arizona and drew two congressional districts providing the Hopis with separate representation from the much larger Navajo Nation.

That work a decade ago required drawing a map with an oddly shaped penetration of one congressional district by another because the Hopi Reservation is surrounded by the Navajos’ reservation.

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