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2 meetings this week on proposed Arizona forests land exchange with Yavapai-Apache Nation

The Forest Service is hosting a pair of community meetings in Camp Verde and Prescott this week to discuss a proposed exchange of federal land for land owned by the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

At stake is more than 4,700 acres of land the tribe owns that includes parcels of land situated in 4 national forests, from the Coconino to the Apache-Sitgreaves. In exchange, the tribe would receive about 3,200 acres of wild and urban land much of, which already borders the tribe’s land near Camp Verde.

The tribe first proposed the exchange nearly 30 years ago. It would increase the size of the tribal lands to nearly 5,000 acres; a fraction of the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s original homeland.

Open house meetings

Camp Verde: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. Phillip England Auditorium, 210 Lincoln Rd.

Prescott: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. The Center, 1280 E. Rosser St.

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Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.