Indian Self-Determination and Self-Governance Era 1968-present
Congress passes Hopi Land Settlement Act, forcing relocation of over 12,000 Dine’
The Act calls for relocation of more than 12,000 Dine’ who live on or near the coal deposits and who are deemed to be in the way of strip-mining interests in the Hopi-Dine’ joint land use area. It becomes the largest Indian removal since the 1830s. Peabody Coal opens a second mine in the area as a result of the Act. The former head of the Department of the Interior, Loesch, leaves the department to become vice president of Peabody Coal (Nies, 1996).