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8 in race to become next chairman of Hopi Tribe


The race to become the next leader of the Hopi Tribe has drawn eight candidates, including the current chairman and vice chairman.

Hopis will narrow down the list Wednesday in the primary election, sending the top two vote-getters on to the general election on Nov. 20.

Two of the four candidates for vice chairman also will move on.

Hopis elected former elementary school principal Le Roy Shingoitewa as chairman four years ago. The tribe's former health director, Herman Honanie was chosen as vice chairman.

They took the jobs during a time of political chaos.

The two men now are running against each other to lead the 12,000-member tribe that has faced challenges with financial investments, securing water rights and finding new sources of revenue as coal royalties decline.

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