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Rep. Bob Thorpe: Tribes Suffered Under Bennett Freeze, It’s Now Time Feds Join AZ to Support Navajo and Hopi

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By Press release submission | Feb 7, 2020

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Arizona House of Representatives Representative Bob Thorpe (R-6) recently issued the following announcement. 

Following on the 25th Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Representative Bob Thorpe (R-6) today urged the federal government to work together with the State of Arizona to address longstanding poverty that was a result of the Bennett Freeze.

The Bennett Freeze was a ban on development of 1.5 million acres of Navajo lands by the federal government that lasted from 1966 until 2009. The ban effectively prevented the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe from building homes, schools, roads, utility lines, or other improvements.

“The Navajo and Hopi people have been treated terribly by the federal government,” said Representative Thorpe. “Even 10 years after the ending of the Bennett Freeze, problems lingering from this policy have kept Navajo and Hopi lands from thriving and have made life difficult for the people. Now that the freeze is over, I urge the federal government to work alongside Arizona to allow the Navajo and Hopi people to experience the American Dream and true prosperity.”

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