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Hopi Tribal Council Wants to Hear from Tribal Members

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Now is the chance for tribal members on the Hopi Reservation to allow their voices to be heard in regards to Arizona’s impending redistricting.

“With Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) in the process of redrawing legislative and congressional district lines following the 2010 U.S. Census, tribal members have an opportunity to weigh-in on the issue,” said Hopi Tribe Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa in a press release.

The Hopi Tribal Council is encouraging members to participate in the conversations as the reservation is currently in Arizona’s Legislative District 2 and is represented by Sen. Jack Jackson (D-Window Rock), Sen. Tom Chabin (D-Flagstaff) and Rep. Albert Hale (D-Window Rock) according to a press release.

“This is a real opportunity for our membership to have a say in our future legislative maps,” said Shingoitewa in a press release. “If we stand by quietly during this process without offering our opinions, we face the reality of accepting what others think is best for our tribe.”

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District 2’s current boundaries include Hopi tribal lands, Flagstaff, the Navajo Nation, Page and Tusayan and a strip that extends to almost the state’s border with Nevada. There are two proposals on the table, the first would have District 2 include an eastern portion of Flagstaff, the Hopi Reservation, the Navajo Nation, Tusayan, Page, San Carlos/White Mountain Apache Reservation and a majority of the White Mountains areas. The second would split Flagstaff in half and include the Hopi Reservation, Winslow, Page, the Navajo Nation and the White Mountains areas.

This push for commentary comes as the tribal council is seeking input on federal redistricting as well—Arizona gained one congressional seat due to population growth. Lying in Congressional District 2, the reservation is represedented by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Sun City, and it covers Mohave County, Peoria and Surprise and portions of Glendale in Maricopa County.

Navajo Nation falls in District 1—home to more American Indians than any other district.

The council is seeking to see if members mind the tribes Congressional District or if the tribe should seek one similar to the Legislative boundaries.