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Coal Mine Mesa Moving quote from Relocatee

The Navajo-Hopi land dispute has been an ongoing battle for over one hundred and ten years. It is has gone in and out of vogue with the public and the media; politicians have picked it up as a pet project in vain hopes that their names would be recorded as the ones that could solve it, or shunned it knowing it to be a quagmire capable of career ruin; and books such as The Second Long Walk and The Wind Won't Know Me have been published, praised, and then promptly forgotten as the years roll on without an end to the conflict.

Yet some things remain the same throughout the last century; namely, the fierce Dine love of the land that enables them to continue resisting potentially genocidal governmental policies such as compulsary relocation in non-violent, articulate, and novel ways.

There has been a lot published about the Navajo-Hopi land dispute, and most of it sympathetic to the Navajo who complain that they are being forced off the land that they have lived on for centuries to make way for the possibility of Hopi cattle. This site is not meant to reiterate these works in a new medium. Instead, this is the capstone of the exploration of the importance of the Sacred Mountains, and exactly what it means to a Navajo to not live within these boundaries.