Vernon Masayesva 'Hopi and Tewa Demand Halt to Water Negotiations'
Vernon Masayesva, the former chairman of the Hopi tribe and founder and director of the Black Mesa Trust. Photograph: Sam A Minkler
A No Is A NO!
"Hopi Tribal Council and Chairman without consulting with villages have agreed to resume settlement negotiation against the will of the village they represent. We, the Hopi and Tewa people, demand and have a right to know why council decided to resume negotiations. Until a meeting is held, ALL settlement negotiations must end." -- Vernon Masayesva
By Vernon Masayesva
Letter to the Editor
Former Chairmen: Ben Nuvamsa, Ivan Sidney, and Former Vice Chairmen: Phillip Quotshytewa Sr., Clifford Quotsakwahu, Caleb Johnson others wrote a letter to the Hopi Tribal Council on November 12, 2012 rejecting the Senate Bill 2109 sponsored by Former Senator Jon Kyle. Copies of the letter were sent to Arizona congressional delegation, DOI Secretary Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn.
Subsequently leaders of Shungopavi, Hotevilla, Lower Moencopi, Bacavi, Kykotsmovi, Walpi, First Mesa Consolidated Villages and Mishongnovi adopted resolutions to reject Kyle Bill S 2109.ku
Then on June 15, 2012 at a Council meeting held at Hotevilla the Council voted to reject Kyle Bill SB 2109. Voting to kill Kyle Bill were; Herman Honanie, David Pecusa, Gayver Puhuyesva, Nada Talaqyuimptewa, Carlene Quotskuyva, Rebekah Masayesva, Danny Honanie, Bruce Fredericks, Leroy Sumatskuku, Wayne Kuwanhoyouma, and Danny Humetewa. Voted for the Kyle Bill were Alph Secakuku, Cedric Kuwaninvaya and George Mase with Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa presiding and not voting.
The Kyle Little Colorado Rights Water Settlement Bill, which if it had passed, would have allowed all non-water users to keep using the water they presently now use. What is left over will go to Navajo Nation, and not one drop will go to Hopi.
Hopi Tribal Council and Chairman without consulting with villages have agreed to resume settlement negotiation against the will of the village they represent.
We, the Hopi and Tewa people, demand and have a right to know why council decided to resume negotiations. Until a meeting is held, ALL settlement negotiations must end.
Cc: Hopi Tribal Council
Hopi Village Community Offices
Benjamin Nuvamsa 'Grassroots Hopi and Tewa Senom Defense of Water Rights'http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/benjamin-nuvamsa-grassroots-hopi-and.html
Former Sen. Kyl's planned theft of water rights: This leaked doc in 2012 to Censored News shows how former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl planned to steal Navajo and Hopi water rights by pushing legislation through a lame duck Congress. Interior Sec. Salazar was part of the planned theft of water rights, and Salazar resigned soon after. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/11/leaked-documents-mainstream-media.html