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Hopis reject political establishment in vote for top leaders

By FELICIA FONSECA
Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A small northern Arizona tribe chose new leadership Thursday as it faces the potential loss of coal royalties that make up a huge chunk of its budget.

Tim Nuvangyaoma (new-VONG'-yow-mah) received 969 votes in the race for Hopi chairman, beating out tribal lawmaker David Norton Talayumptewa's (tuh-lie-YUM'-ti-wuh) 642 votes.

Clark Tenakhongva (ten-AHK'-hohng-vuh) was elected vice chairman with 949 votes. Tribal lawmaker Lamar Keevama (KEY'vah-mah) trailed with 656 votes.

Turnout was low with 1,622 votes cast out of more than 11,000 eligible voters.

Economic development will be a major focus in the new administration. The Hopi Tribe will lose 85 percent of its budget if a coal mine closes as expected in 2019.

Nuvangyaoma says he's up for the challenge will reach out to Hopis for potential solutions.

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