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Senators urge action on water-rights bill in meeting with tribal leaders

WASHINGTON – Arizona’s senators urged tribal leaders Thursday to move quickly on a proposed settlement of water-rights claims so they can push the bill through Congress before this session ends. In separate closed-door meetings with Navajo and Hopi leaders in Tuba City, Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain stressed the importance of quick action, said those who attended the meetings.

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McCain, Kyl to talk water rights with tribes today

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.

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IRC eyes moves for Greenlee, Mohave (access required)

Some white voters who are hoping to be moved out of a predominantly Native American legislative district may get their wish under changes being considered by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, but not everyone is getting what they want.

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Escaping from the Phoenix Indian School (access required)

Anglos moving into the Arizona Territory during the late 1800s believed that the Native Americans already there should be acclimated into Anglo culture. During that time, Indian boarding schools were built and native children were removed from their homes and placed into these schools. For one Hopi, however, going to the Phoenix Indian School was a choice he made reluctantly out of respect for his grandfather and because he believed he would find a book full of knowledge. But he didn’t stay long.

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