TUBA CITY — Arizona’s two U.S. senators are meeting with tribal leaders today to discuss a water rights settlement.
Jon Kyl introduced legislation earlier this year that would settle the Navajo and Hopi claims to the Little Colorado River system. The tribes would get groundwater delivery projects in exchange for giving up further claims to the water.
Kyl and fellow Republican John McCain are scheduled to meet privately with leaders of the two tribes in Tuba City.
The tribes must sign off on the settlement, along with 30 other entities, Congress and the president.
Environmentalists say they’ll be in Tuba City to protest the settlement they say falls short of what the tribes deserve.
Tribal officials say rehabilitating reservation land that was under a decades-long construction ban also is on the agenda.