Dignity as (Self-) Determination: Hopi Sovereignty in the Face of US Dispossessions

  title={Dignity as (Self-) Determination: Hopi Sovereignty in the Face of US Dispossessions},
  author={Justin Richland},
  journal={Law \&\#x0026; Social Inquiry},
  pages={917 - 938}
In 2013, the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort began spraying artificial snow made from reclaimed wastewater on Arizona's highest peak, a place the Hopi people call Nuvatukya'ovi, “Snow-on-top-of-it.” As one of the Hopis' most sacred places, the home of the katsinam and the southwestern boundary marker of their aboriginal territory, the Hopi have fought for decades to stop development of the ski resort, which today sits on US Forest Service land. Viewing the history of this dispute through the lens… 
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