Lifting of Bennett Freeze closer, but federal funding outlook bleak

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T he Navajo and Hopis tribes came one step closer last week to finally shutting the door on the Bennett Freeze.

On March 13, the U.S. Senate unanimously and with almost no debate approved a bill that would finally, after more than 40 years, lift the ban on development on land around Tuba City.

The ban was put in place by former U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs Robert Bennett after the Hopis filed a lawsuit against the Navajos claiming ownership of 700,000 acres of land that were occupied by the Navajos.


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