Hopi Tribe without a leader

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KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. – “I don’t know who’s in charge. That’s what people are asking. I tell them to go to the tribal administration,” said Trina Poocha, supervisor at the Hopi Cultural Center and Restaurant.

Travelers driving through the reservation often stop at the restaurant for a bite to eat. The tribe’s political crisis came to a head New Year’s Eve when the resignations of Chairman Ben Nuvamsa and Vice Chairman Todd Honyouma took effect.

The resignations follow a series of clashes between the chairman and vice chairman and traditional leaders, alleged illegal tribal council meetings and actions, lawsuits and firings of the chief prosecutor and appellate court justices in a span of nearly two years.



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