The Hopi Indian tribe has asked Congress for more money - essentially to help it sue the Navajo Tribe.

Hopi Tribal Chairman Ivan Sidney told the House Appropriations Committee that Navajo resistance to court orders demanding it leave ancestral Hopi land has forced the Hopis back into expensive legal battles.He said that has drained money from his tribe's education, housing, water and health funds - and he wants Congress to provide more funds in those areas to overcome the money drain.

"The use of Hopi and federal funds in the courts to force the Navajos to live within the law is a tragic waste of resources that neither we nor the federal government can afford," Sidney said.

Ironically, to spread word about financial problems, the Hopis hired a public relations firm.