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An Article on Senate Bill 1003, the Relocation Legislation

October 20, 2008 by  
Filed under Voices from the Land

By Bahe Y. Katenay of Big Mountain

U.S. Senate Bill S.1003 may become an amendment to the 1974 Federal Law, so-called,
“Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act.” This new bill calls for relocation of all Dineh
residents of, mostly, the Big Mountain and Black Mesa areas by September 2008. It
also calls for: the federal commission responsible for pre/post-relocation to close
its program, and the BIA of the U.S. Department of the Interior to start
management-control of all tribal royalities earned from the Black Mesa coal mines.