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Resource ID: #14603
Subject: Natural Resources
Source: New Times (Phoenix)
Date: April 24 and May 1, 1997



Traditional Hopi settlements are threatened as their groundwater reserves are rapidly depleted by a multi-national coal company. A 1966 lease agreement between the tribe and Peabody Coal Co. was negotiated by an attorney many Hopi revered, John Boyden. Records and interviews now reveal that Boyden was representing Peabody at the same time he negotiated the coal lease on the Hopi's behalf. Many Hopi want Peabody to find another water source and have asked the U.S. Department of the Interior to intervene. Former Interior Secretary Stuart Udall is among those demanding that the federal government stop Peabody from using the groundwater.

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