Our History

The FP started as a political organization called Sovereign Dinè Nation which advocated on behalf of the Dinè communities subject to forced relocation by the United States government as a result of a land dispute between the Hopi and Navajo tribal governments. The relocation program was begun in 1974 and continued until 2007. From 1966 through 2007, the communities were also subject to the Bennett Freeze, which was issued by Bureau of Indian Affairs Commissioner Robert Bennett and prevented constructing or repairing homes, water supplies, roads, and other facilities on land that was subject to a land dispute with the Hopi Tribe. With the ending of the relocation program and the lifting of the Bennett Freeze, the group reorganized itself as a community based organization dedicated to the rebuilding of the communities.