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Arguing with TraditionThe Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court$
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Justin B. Richland

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226712932

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226712963.001.0001

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Making a Hopi Nation: “Anglo” Law Comes to Hopi Country

Making a Hopi Nation: “Anglo” Law Comes to Hopi Country

(p.27) 2 Making a Hopi Nation: “Anglo” Law Comes to Hopi Country
Arguing with Tradition
University of Chicago Press

The Hopi reservation occupies 1.5 million acres of those aboriginal lands promised them by Maasaw in northeastern Arizona. Over the course of the twentieth century, however, considerable concessions of Hopi reservation lands would be made by the federal government to appease the demands of the larger Navajo Tribe, which surrounds them. These and other concessions have contributed to the much-publicized land dispute between the two tribes, which continues to this day as Navajo holdouts residing on Hopi Partition Lands resist efforts and inducements by the Hopi Tribe and the federal government to relocate to the Navajo reservation. This chapter provides some context concerning the history of Anglo-American-style jurisprudence among the Hopis, and describes the physical settings, legislation, and personnel that inform the institutional operation of contemporary Hopi Tribal Court proceedings. It discusses the impact of the Anglo-American style of jurisprudence on Hopi governance, including that of Hopi villages. It also examines the centralization of Hopi tribal government, the Hopi Court of Indian Offenses, Hopi Ordinance 21, and the Hopi Tribal Court today.

Keywords:   Hopi reservation, Hopi Tribe, Navajo Tribe, aboriginal lands, land dispute, jurisprudence, Hopi Tribal Court, Hopi governance, Hopi Ordinance 21, Hopi Court of Indian Offenses

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