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Navajos Set Water Rights Settlement Meetings

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TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has scheduled a series of public meetings on a controversial water rights settlement.

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl introduced legislation earlier this year that would settle the Navajo and Hopi claims to the Little Colorado River system in exchange for the promise of ground-water delivery projects.

Kyl and fellow Republican John McCain recently met with Navajo and Hopi leaders to discuss the settlement.

The tribal leaders say it won’t move forward without the blessing of their people. The settlement also requires the approval of about 30 other entities.

The first of seven public meetings on the Navajo Nation is set for Tuesday in Tuba City. They’ll conclude in Fort Defiance on April 26.

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