‘40 years too late,’ Bennett Freeze repeal passes Senate

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WINDOW ROCK — The U.S. Senate gave unanimous consent Thursday to a bill which would repeal the Bennett Freeze legislation. It now goes to the House for consideration.

The repeal legislation, Senate Bill 39, introduced by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and co-sponsored by Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would end more than 40 years of restrictions for residents in the Western Agency of the Navajo Nation who have been barred from making improvements and repairs to their homes and property.

The “freeze” was placed in 1966 as a temporary effort to prevent either the Navajo Nation or the Hopi Tribe from taking advantage of one another while the Navajo-Hopi land dispute was being settled.



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